It wasn’t the best way to start a PGA Tour event for Brad Fritsch but that’s why they play all eighteen holes.
The 35 year-old is the flying solo this week as the only Canadian in the field at the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open.
With all eyes on him a double bogey on the very first hole put him in a precarious spot immediately on Thursday.
To his credit, the Manocik, Ontario-raised golfer fought back, rebounding with the birdie on the very next hole.
After the start he seem to get in a rhythm on the tough TPC San Antonio course, his card was blemish free fro the rest of the day. Closing birdies on the 17th and 18th holes pushed him to a two under par 70 and a share of 17th place.
Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo lead at five under par.
Fritsch will tee off Friday at 3:20 E.S.T. in an effort to make his 8th cut in 11 starts.
Down in Brazil a number of Canadians were in the field for this week’s Web.com Tour event, the Brasil Classic.
Jon Mills, formerly of Belleville and Deep River, shot even par, 71, and is tied for 77th.
Leading the way for the Canadians is Adam Hadwin at -4, two strokes off the lead. He shares 9th.
Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ontario shot -3 while Richard Scott joined Mills and even par.
Ryan Yip of Alberta starts the second round 1 over par.