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OAKVILLE, Ont. - Brad Fritsch had another slow start on a firm and fast Glen Abbey Golf Club in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.
While most of the field was going deep, Fritsch had a 3-over-par 75 (no birdies, three bogeys) which by late afternoon saw him tied for 141st place.
There's hope: Fritsch overcame a slow start last week on the Web.com Tour to finish tied for sixth, his best finish of the season.
Fritsch climbed the leaderboard on the weekend by going 8-under par with rounds of 65 and 67. That followed a second-round 66.
He started with a 72 and tweeted: "If someone could inform me that golf tournaments begin on THURSDAY, I'd be grateful. And I'd have more money. #playingfrombehind"
Fritsch said he got caught up in trying to implement some of the things he has been working on with coach Patrick Kelley. They worked together this week for the first time since the U.S. Open last month.
"The sessions were good, but on the course I got caught trying to 'do' the work we did on the range instead of just playing," he said. "It happens. Just annoying that I couldn't get out of my own way."
Fritsch had been driving the ball well lately and while he averaged 304 yards off the tee Thursday, he hit just 43 percent of Glen Abbey's fairways.
At last year's Canadian Open at Royal Montreal, Fritsch made the cut on the number with a 30-foot putt and rallied on the weekend. He followed an opening 72 with a 68 and then shot 67-64 on the weekend to tie for ninth.
Fritsch said the plan for Friday was "nothing out of the ordinary, just play and see what happens."
Emiliano Grillo of Argentina took the early lead with an 8-under par 64, one shot ahead of American Vaughn Taylor. Late Thursday afternoon, there were 84 players under par.
Top Canadians with a few players still on the course were David Hearn and Adam Svensson with 3-under 69, tied for 32nd place.