With a score of 27 under par for six rounds Manotick, Ontario’s Brad Fritsch won the 2014 Web.com Tour Qualifying School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Tuesday.
With the victory the 37 year-old wins $25,000 (USD) and will be fully exempt on the Web.com TOUR for 2015.
He is exempt from reshuffles, meaning he can plan a full schedule for the entire year for the first time in awhile.
The Rideau View Golf Club member and now resident of North Carolina has plied his trade on the PGA TOUR for the last two years.
He recorded rounds of 72,64,65,65,70, and 66 this week. His total was seven better than second place finisher Andrew Landry.
Despite the even par round to start the week Brad established himself as the front-runner with rounds of 65 in both the second and third rounds. He never looked back after that, riding a hot putter all the way to the win.
Even Fritsch was surprised by his final tally.
“I didn’t come here to shoot 27-under. I’m surprised,” said Fritsch “I couldn’t imagine coming here and doing that.”
A recent putting stroke change and quality green reading from caddy Jeff Scott helped Brad sail through the week. His ample lead with one round to play was also welcome with a hungry field all chasing.
Fritsch kept them all at bay courtesy of a fast start on Tuesday.
“It was fantastic to be three under through four today,” he said. “I can’t tell you how important that was. It basically eliminated all of the field, except maybe Andrew and I was watching what he was doing. I wouldn’t have been comfortable out there at even par because he was making some birdies and he would have been pretty close.”