Fritsch posts sixth top-10 finish in Jacksonville
Brad Fritsch bolstered his chances on playing on the PGA Tour next year by posting his sixth top-10 finish of the season on the Web.com Tour on Sunday.
The Ottawa native finished the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open in Jacksonville, Fla., tied for 10th spot at one-under-par 279, nine strokes behind winner Russell Henley.
Fritsch’s $13,800 (all currency U.S.) cheque took his season earnings on the developmental circuit to more than $186,000. He moved up one spot on the money list to No. 21 and has about a $15,000 cushion over No. 25 Joseph Bramlett.
The top 25 at the end of the season earn PGA Tour cards for 2013.
The Jacksonville Open on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass was the final full-field event on the Web.com Tour.
The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship this week in McKinney, Tex. The finale has the biggest purse of the year, $1-million, with the winner getting $108,000.
Two other Canadians will join Fritsch at the Tour Championship: Adam Hadwin (No. 48 on the money list) of Abbotsford, B.C., and Richard Scott (No. 50) of Kingsville, Ont.
Hadwin tied for 30th Sunday at two over, falling out of contention with a final-round 74. Scott shared 60th place.
Because of the size of the purse, either could shoot into the top 25 with a victory.
Stuart Anderson of Sooke, B.C., tied for 51st Sunday at seven over and Bryan DeCorso of Guelph, Ont., was another shot back. For both of them, their Web.com season is over.
Henley won the Jacksonville Open for his second Web.com Tour victory of the year, beating B.J. Staten with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Henley birdied the final hole of regulation for a five-under 65 to match fellow American Staten at 10-under 270. Staten finished with a 68, then had a double bogey on the playoff hole.
Henley earned $108,000 to jump from ninth to third on the money list with $365,366.
Henley also won the Chiquita Classic last month in a playoff in North Carolina. Last year while still a student at Georgia, Henley won the tour's Stadion Classic on his college course.
Staten earned a spot in the finale, making $64,800 to go from 69th to 32nd on the money list with $141,521.
With a report from The Associated Press