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Brad Fritsch
Brad Fritsch

Brad Fritsch finishes tied for seventh in Panama Add to ...

Brad Fritsch of Ottawa had his best finish on the Nationwide Tour in more than three years on Sunday, tying for seventh place at the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City.

The 34-year-old shot one-under 69 to finish the wind-blown event at even par, just four shots behind winner Edward Loar of the United States.

It was Fritsch’s fifth top-10 result in 71 career starts on the developmental circuit and best outing since September of 2008, when he was solo seventh at a tournament in Oregon.

Ryan Yip was the only other Canadian to make the cut. The Nationwide rookie from Calgary finished at 11 over with a share of 68th place.

Loar entered the final round with a four-shot lead at Panama Golf Club but stumbled on the front nine, making two bogeys and a triple. But a birdie on the par-four 16th lifted him back into the lead.

"Yea, I was nervous,” he said. “It was the first time in a while that I’d been in the lead, especially on a stage like this. I think anybody that said they weren’t is crazy. On a course like this anything can happen as it’s shown all week. Unfortunately it came up and bit me a couple of times.”

The left-hander, who has a PGA Tour card but didn’t get into the Honda Classic last week, finished with a one-shot cushion over Cameron Percy, Ryan Armour, Luke List and Brian Smock.

It was Loar’s first Nationwide victory and first title of any consequence since he captured the 2004 Korea Open.

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