January 26, 2013

Brad Fritsch tied for third after 36 holes PGATour event in San Diego

PGATour.com

LA JOLLA, CALIF. -- PGATour rookie Brad Fritsch is three strokes behind leader Tiger Woods heading into Saturday's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

A 2000 Campbell graduate, Fritsch fired a bogey-free, 5-under 67 Friday and is tied with Casey Wittenberg at 8-under 136 on the par-72 Torrey Pines layout.

Tiger Woods (-11) stands atop the leaderboard, followed by Billy Horschel (-9).  Third round television coverage begins Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on The Golf Channel and 3:00 p.m. on CBS.

Fritsch has made the cut in his first three PGATour events this year, including a tie for 36th place at the Sony Open in Hawaii and a 65th-place tie at the Humana Challenge.  He has already earned $37,800 in prize money through two tourneys.

Fellow Campbell graduate David Mathis ('97) made the cut at the first two PGATour stops, but did not qualify for the weekend at Torrey Pines after shooting 74-76--150.

Fritsch finished 18th on the 2012 Web.com Tour money list ($212,168) to earn his PGATour exemption. A native of Manotick, Ontario and resident of Holly Springs, N.C., Fritsch produced seven top-10 individual finishes in 2012.

He tied for second at the Mylan Classic in September; then tied for ninth at the Web.com Tour Championship. Fritsch's best career PGATour finish is a tie for 71st place at the 2011 RBC Canadian open.

During his Fighting Camel career, Fritsch (Class of 2000) was twice honored as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was a second-team All-TAAC selection as a senior when he finished ninth in the 2000 league championship.

Mathis is playing on the PGATour for the fourth time in the last five years after completing 2012 ranked No.-120 on the money list ($736,765).

He produced a pair of top-10s in 2012 – at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the McGladrey Classic, where he secured his top-125 ranking and exemption for 2013.

A native of Winston-Salem and Wake Forest resident, Mathis earned all-league honors when he led the Camels to consecutive Big South Conference titles in 1993 and 1994.