Brad Fritsch top Canadian after 3rd round of PGA Q-School
South Korea's Meen Whee Kim maintains a one-stroke lead
Ottawa's Brad Fritsch shot a 6-under 66 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course on Friday and sits tied for 17th, seven shots off the pace after the third round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in La Quinta, Calif.
Fritsch has already secured his PGA Tour card for next season but is looking to improve his standing.
Matt Hill of Bright's Grove, Ont., shot a 73 on the Nicklaus course and is tied for 84th at 4 under.
The other five Canadians looking to qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013 played on the TPC Stadium course Friday. Adam Hadwin (68) of Abbotsford, B.C., is tied for 98th, Mitch Evanecz (73) of Red Deer, Alta., and Richard Scott (73) of Windsor, Ont. are tied for 132nd. Calgary's Ryan Yip (74) is tied for 137th while Roger Sloan (75) of Merritt, B.C., is tied for 142nd.
Meanwhile, atop the leaderboard, South Korea's Meen Whee Kim shot a 5-under 67 on the Nicklaus layout to maintain a one-stroke lead.
The 20-year-old Kim had an 18-under 131 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards.
Sweden's Robert Karlsson was second after a 65. The 11-time European Tour winner also played the Nicklaus course. Edward Loar was 16 under after a 66 on the Nicklaus course, and two-time PGA Tour winner Vaughn Taylor had a 69 on the Nicklaus course to top the group at 15-under.
Camilo Villegas, a three-time winner on the tour, shot a 66 on the Nicklaus course to jump from a tie for 23rd to a tie for ninth at 13 under. Ross Fisher also was 13-under after a 65 on the Nicklaus course.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was also tied for 17th at 11-under after a 68 on the Nicklaus course.