Brad Fritsch is determined to keep his spot on the PGA TOUR. The 35 year-old Manotick, Ontario is down to the wire in his rookie PGA TOUR season and he is doing all he can to stay around full-time for 2014.
After a disappointing week on home soil that saw him withdraw at the RBC Canadian Open with a back injury and then require five days or rest and treatment to follow, Fritsch put on a very game performance at the Reno-Tahoe Open over the weekend.
With a final round that included an a perfect shot on the third hole of the day (183 yards, 8 iron), Fritsch turned in his second best finish of the 2013 season, eventually tying for 20th spot.
It was enough to move him from 130th to 127th in the FedEx Cup point rankings, within reach of the 125th position he will need to achieve to maintain his full-time status on the PGA TOUR into 2014. He can also gain full status via a top 125 placing on the money list; he is currently 138th on that ranking.
Fritsch will now have a week off as the PGA Championship plays out, leaving him some time to get fully prepared for the last regular tour event of the season, the Wyndham Championship. It will be at the conclusion of that tournament that TOUR members will either move on to the FedEX Cup playoffs or know they will need to prepare for the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events where the top 25 money winners will earn status on the PGA TOUR for 2014.
In any case, with just one tournament to go, even if Fritsch does not earn a playoff position or a full card through the Web.com Tour finals he will likely finish high enough in the PGA TOUR standings to receive conditional, non-exempt, status for 2014.