Although it’s been a few days since his last tournament round, it looks like the skills of Manotick, Ontario’s Brad Fritsch did not take any time off. The 37 year-old pro is coming off a tie for 8th place last week at the Web.com Tour Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, North Carolina. He carried that good play into the Greater Dallas Open Thursday where he opened with a 5 under par, 67.
Currently sharing 15th place in Dallas, Fritsch’s round puts him four strokes off the lead of Tommy Gainey.
The round is his sixth in a row in the 60’s, dating back to the last round he played before missing the cut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in the middle of last month.
It’s a bit of a turnaround for the former PGA TOUR member who had made a number of cuts this year but had yet to finish higher than a tie for 41st before last week’s breakthrough.
He currently sits at 81st on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 25 players at the end of the season earn status on the PGA TOUR.
Fritsch credits a little more focus on the mental side of the game of late, a conscious effort to return to his familiar style of playing with a freedom to his swing.
Asked if the rounds in the 60’s was a result of being more comfortable with his game he replied, “…more like getting rid of tension, being freer, swinging confident.”
Fritsch will try and keep his low scoring streak alive Friday in Dallas. He starts round two at The Lakes at Castle Hills golf course at 12:50 p.m. local time.
Peterborough, Ontario’s Ted Brown, the only other Canadian in the field, turned in a round of 71 on Thursday. He has a share of 105th place.