Brad Fritsch Takes Solo Lead In Mexico; Brooke Henderson Shares 4th On LPGA

Canadians Brad Fritsch and Brooke Henderson will battle for title on the Web.com and LPGA Tours on Sunday.
Canadians Brad Fritsch and Brooke Henderson will battle for title on the Web.com and LPGA Tours on Sunday.

It could be a very big Sunday for a couple golf pros from Eastern Ontario. Brad Fritsch leads on the Web.com Tour while Brooke Henderson is tied for 4th on the LPGA tour. (Of note, Nick Taylor of British Columbia also shares 6th at the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open)

Web.com Tour

His first win on the Web.com Tour came just under two weeks ago and now Brad Fritsch faces a chance for another on Sunday.

The Manotick, Ontario-raised pro took sole possession of the lead on Saturday at the El Bosque Mexico Championship in Leon, Mexico with a third round score of 69 (-3).

After sharing the lead with Wesley Bryan through 36 holes, Fritsch’s round, coupled with a 71 by Bryan, was enough to put him two shots up with eighteen holes left to be played. He sits at a total of -16 (66,65,69).

It will be the second tournament in a row where Fritsch is playing in the final group, something that the 38 year-old was able to convert into a victory at the Servientrega Championship presented by Efecty in Colombia.

“Yeah, I played well today. I got off to a really good start. It was raining on the first hole and I made about a 20 footer for birdie and that kind of kick-started the day,” he noted after his 3rd round.

Brad’s only birdies came on the par five holes on Saturday but that is not unusual, he is thirteen under par on the par five holes alone this week in Mexico.

“Really happy with how I’m controlling the ball; putting myself in good spots, even when I miss the green the up and downs are fairly simple and I’ve managed to do that most of the week. I’m in a good spot and hopefully (I will) just keep playing the way I’m playing,” he added.

Although a victory is the goal for Sunday for Fritsch, even a top three finish might provide a nice consolation prize – it would give him enough money to surpass the dollar figure that earned a coveted top 25 position on the final money list in 2015. The players in the top 25 at the end of the season will earn their PGA Tour cards for 2017. The number may be slightly different this year but it would still be a good position to be in.

As for other possibilities, like a three-win battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour, we’ll wait for Sunday to play out first. It is golf after all, anything can happen in this crazy game.

Either way Brad Fritsch faces a great opportunity on Sunday, and his dress rehearsal went fairly well two weeks ago.

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LPGA Tour

After seven top ten finishes in a row on the LPGA Tour (and eight overall including an LET appearance) Brooke Henderson is poised for another on Sunday.

The 18 year-old LPGA winner from Smiths Falls capped another cool and windy day in San Francisco with a chip-in birdie to post a third round 69 (-3) at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC.

Despite the challenging conditions Brooke went blemish-free on Saturday, mixing three birdies in with 15 pars.

Her -5 total (71, 71, 69) has her sharing 4th place with Catriona Matthew, Gerina Piller, and So Yeon Ryu.  The foursome trails only Na Yeon Choi, Lee-Ann Pace, and leader Haru Nomura.

Nomura sits at -10 while Choi and Pace are three shots back of that.

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