Fritsch laments lack of starts for grads


GREENSBORO, N.C. – With the results finally starting to accrue, Brad Fritsch couldn’t help but wonder how his 2014 season might have gone with just a few more starts.

Fritsch shot a 5-under 65 to move within a shot of leader Nick Watney heading into the final round of the Wyndham Championship, where he will look to capture his first PGA Tour win. Despite graduating from Tour Finals last fall, the Canadian’s card for next year hangs in the balance after he failed to gain entry into several events this season.

“Felt like I played one on, off three, played one, off four,” Fritsch said. “I think if the field sizes were the same as they were last year I would have gotten in four, five more events. That’s just frustrating.”

This week marks Fritsch’s 18th start of the season, and he is vying for his third top-10 finish of the year. While he began the season No. 14 out of 50 on the priority list among Tour Finals graduates, he is now No. 162 on the FedEx Cup points list and likely needs at least a top-three finish Sunday to secure playing privileges for 2015.

The lowlight for Fritsch came back in February, when a T-10 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open failed to gain him entry into the following week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. A top-10 finish typically earns a player an automatic spot in the subsequent PGA Tour event, but a limited field and an influx of players using major medical extensions meant Fritsch never got to tee it up at TPC Scottsdale

His second top-10 finish of the year came at the RBC Canadian Open, where he tied for ninth, but that got him into the Barracuda Championship – an event for which he was already qualified and one that only offered a fraction of the FedEx Cup points of a typical Tour stop.

“Great timing,” Fritsch said. “You always take the top 10, but it didn’t get me any farther down the road.”