Fritsch and Mathis begin play in Tour Finals

Brad Fritsch (left) and David Mathis
(courtesy PGATOUR/Getty Images)
Brad Fritsch (left) and David Mathis (courtesy PGATOUR/Getty Images)

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FORT WAYNE, IND. – Campbell graduates Brad Fritsch and David Mathis start their quest to retain their PGA Tour card for 2014 this week in the Tour Finals.

A four-event playoff, the finals begin Thursday with the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Fritsch will start from the first tee at 12:42 p.m., while Mathis starts from the 10th tee at 1:37 p.m. on the par-72, 7275-yard Sycamore Hills layout.

Fritsch and Mathis are among a group of players who finished from 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list at the conclusion of the regular season.  They will compete with the top 75 money winners on the Tour money list at the conclusion of the regular season for the final 25 places on next year's PGA Tour.

Four 72-hole stroke-play events, with a 36-hole cut coming at the Tour's standard 60 and ties, make up the Tour Finals.

Following this week's Hotel Fitness Championship, the finals continue Sept. 5-8 with the Chiquita Classic at River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C., and Sept. 12-15 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.  The series concludes Sept. 26-29 at the Tour Championship at Dye's Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

All four events will be televised on Golf Channel in high definition.

A total of 50 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded.  The 25 leading money winners on the Tour will be guaranteed cards at the end of the regular season.  Another 25 cards will go to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

Fritsch finished 129th in the FedEx Cup, just four places outside the cut for earning an automatic berth in the FedEx Cup playoffs.  He earned $452,184 as a PGA Tour rookie, making 18 cuts in 24 events.  His best finish came at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he tied for ninth.

The 2013 season marked Mathis' fourth on the PGA Tour in the last five years.  He placed No.-165 on the FedEx Cup list with $247,477 in winnings while making 12 of 24 cuts.  He earned the best finish of his PGA Tour career with a fifth-place tie at the Reno-Tahoe Open.