The last thing a PGA Tour rookie wants to do is miss a cut, but this week there was some solace in doing so for Ottawa, Ontario-raised Brad Fritsch.
Looking to make his 7th cut of the year (in 8 events played) at the Tampa Bay Championship the 35 year-old fashioned an opening 71 on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort. It was immediately after that round that he discovered his wife Megan had given birth to their second child back home him North Carolina, at the same time he was playing his 17th hole of the day.
Fritsch was disappointed he had missed the early arrival, which was expected early in April at a time when he would have likely had some time off.
In any case he teed it up Friday for his second crack at one of the tougher layouts on tour and could only managed a four-over par round of 75. His 146 total left him two strokes off the cut line with the only Canadians able to better that mark being Stephen Ames and Graham DeLaet.
As much as Brad knew he was out of the money for the week he could not be completely upset as he conveyed by Twitter. “One of the best missed cuts I’ll ever have, I’d think. Headed home to see wife, daughter and newborn son.#cantwait”
It will be short visit for Brad as he made it into the field for next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill GC in Orlando.
He’ll be joined there in the field by fellow Canadians Mike Weir, David Hearn, and Graham DeLaet.