Fritsch finishes in 9th place tie at Farmers Insurance Open

Brad Fritsch
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Brad Fritsch (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

In just his eighth PGATour event, Campbell University graduate Brad Fritsch finished in a tie for ninth place Monday at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif.

While much of the week's attention was focused on Tiger Woods winning his 75th PGATour title and eighth at Torrey Pines, Fritsch compiled a 7-under-par 281 in the 72-hole event for a $146,400 payday.

What's more, Fritsch's top-10 finish earned him a spot in this week's Waste Management Open at Phoenix.

The PGATour rookie, who finished 18th on last year's Web.comTour money list, has made the cut in each of his first three outings this season.

Here's a look at coverage around the web about the 2000 Campbell graduate, who is a native of Manotick, Ontario and now resides in Holly Springs, N.C.

At Farmers Insurance Open, Brad Fritsch holds on to top 10 spot to qualify for Waste Management Open

New York Daily News

Hank Gola

LA JOLLA – The pressure was on Brad Fritsch as he finished his final 11 holes Monday at the farmers Insurance Open.

Since he couldn't get to Phoenix to enter the Monday qualifier for the Waste Management Open, he needed to hold onto a top 10 finish to get into this week's field.

But after losing four shots "left and right" in a six-hole stretch starting at 10, he managed to birdie the last two holes to make it.

"I asked my caddie on 15, 'where are we?' I said, 'I bet you like 30th' and he said, 'well you're close . . . 25th.' I knew I had to make a couple of birdies. I didn't expect to make one on 17 where I was 40 feet down the hill but something had to go right because I had to hit decent shots.

"I didn't think it was going to go right when I fluffed the bunker shot on 16 but then I chipped it in. The last three holes worked out."

Fritsch was asked what's harder, to qualify Monday or finish top 10.

"Considering the way I hit it today, maybe this," he said. "Monday qualifying is a crap shoot. You can hit it great and miss by four shots. I feel like I can go to Phoenix and play well. I handled playing in front of Tiger so I think should be able to play in Phoenix."

New York Daily News Coverage:

Fritsch wants rain check for tee time with Tiger
Randall Mell

SAN DIEGO – If they re-paired as usual after the third round at the Farmers Insurance Open, Canadian rookie Brad Fritsch would have teed it up with Tiger Woods in the final round.

With a 2-under-par 70 Sunday, Fritsch was solo second and four shots behind Woods after 54 holes at Torrey Pines.

"Out of curiosity, it would have been nice," Fritsch said. "But I think it will benefit me playing in front of him, to be honest."

Because Saturday's fog-delay pushed the third round to Sunday, the PGA Tour is keeping the third- and fourth-round pairings the same. Fritsch would like a rain check on a tee time with Tiger.

"We've got to start some time," he said. "But, obviously, it's not going to be today, and I'll live with that. It's OK."

Fritsch, 35, is playing in just his eighth PGA Tour event. He earned his PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish on the Tour last year and improved his status with a T-7 at PGA Tour Q-School last winter. Coverage: