Brad Fritsch Qualifies For United States Open

Brad Fritsch (File Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Brad Fritsch has earned a spot in the U.S. Open for the second time
Brad Fritsch has earned a spot in the U.S. Open for the second time

For the second time in his golf career Brad Fritsch will be playing in the United States Open Championship.

The 37 year-old shrugged off a lack of sleep after arriving late from the Greater Dallas Open to shoot 69-67 and earn one of the 15 spots available at the Columbus, Ohio Sectional Qualifier, as did fellow Ontarian David Hearn.

Fritsch, a Rideau View Golf Club member (Manotick, ON),  could have chosen to play a qualifier closer to Texas, or, in fact, in Texas, but took the gamble at Columbus with a greater number of spots available.

Despite only getting about four hours sleep after arriving into Columbus near midnight, it paid off.

Facing intermittent rain, and gusty winds Fritsch characterized his opening round in Columbus as sloppy.  While he struck the ball well, giving himself several tap-ins to make several of his eight birdies in the round, he also had some three putts that costs him.

Knowing his second course was tighter he was determined to clean up his play and did so nicely, going bogey free.  A flourish of birdies near the end boosted his final total to -8 and got him onto a share of 7th, securing his place at Chambers Bay Golf Course for the 115th United States Open Championship in just over a week.

How did he feel about earning spot in the U.S Open for the first time since his only appearance in 2006 at Winged Foot?  This tweet said it all.


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