If you’re a rookie on the PGA Tour and looking for TV time, there are only a couple solutions to make that happen. You either play well, or you play with somebody the broadcaster likes to follow.
Ottawa, Ontario’s Brad Fritsch did just over a week ago in San Diego at The Farmers Insurance Open by earning a tie for 9th place. It led led to enough camera time to keep all his fans pretty happy, but this week he may not even need to play well (although I am sure he would like to), to get some coverage.
The reason for the good chance to make it on to the CBS telecast of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is that Fritsch has drawn tournament regular Huey Lewis as a partner.
On top of that, Fritsch’s Tour match-up for at least the first three rounds is Erik Compton who will be playing alongside funny man Ray Romano. Romano has become the modern Jack Lemmon of the event. Known for a golf swing that even Hank Haney could not fix on his Golf Channel Show, he is always a target for the camera at Pebble.
Fritsch should pair nicely with Lewis, who is listed as having an 11 index. That should give the pair enough strokes to be competitive in the Pro-Am portion if both are on their game. Lewis is also a regular at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland and is a member of at least three golf clubs. He once shot a gross nine hole score of 33 on the back nine at Pebble Beach Golf Links to help his team make the cut in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Of course Lewis is less known for his golf but more for big music hits in the 1980’s as a member of Huey Lewis and the News. Their 1983 album “Sports” sold more than 10 million copies and featured hits “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It”.
Fritsch and Lewis will play Monterey Peninsula Club on Thursday, their first in the three course rotation. Thursday’s round for them will start at 10:12 (all times P.S.T.) On Friday they play Spyglass Hill starting at 9:28 while Saturday they have a spot at Pebble Beach at 8:33.
The only other Canadian in the field is Mike Weir who is playing with George Roberts, the co-founder of KKR Private Equity. He plays to a 6.
After winning his 41st PGA Tour event last week in Phoenix, Phil Mickelson is at Pebble Beach defending the title he won last year. He has won the tournament 4 times during his career. This week he is attempting to tie Tiger Woods’ record of 14 PGA Tour wins in the state of California.
In related news, Brad Fritsch will be back in Ottawa later this month. Fritsch, who is sponsored by the Ottawa Senators, will drop the puck at the home game against the New York Rangers on February 21st.