Dylan Frittelli has already won once on the European Challenge Tour, but in order to gain full playing privileges for the 2014 European Tour he needs to finish 15th or better on the Order of Merit. This week he ranks 17th and needs a good result at the Open Blue Green Cotes d’Armor Bretagne.
Currently ranked 282 in the world, the rookie from Sandton began his career with a bang at The Barclays Kenya Open, where he tied for seventh on professional debut.
He continued to impress at the Telkom PGA Championship in March, finishing runner-up to Jaco van Zyl. Three weeks later he picked up a first win at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Roodepoort event.
The Challenge Tour was in full swing by April and so was Frittelli. Top 20s at the Challenge de Madrid and the Czech Challenge Open punctuated his four cuts made in six starts, but the young gun had more in his tank.
A glittering amateur career helped Frittelli gain invitations to bigger events, and he shone on European Tour debut at the BMW International Open in June, where he played his way to a share of 33rd.
At the Challenge Tour’s Karnten Golf Open in late June he secured his first 72-hole victory, carding rounds of 67, 64, 65, 71 for a three-stroke victory. That week’s prize money earned the South African a spot in the Challenge Tour’s top 10, but since then he has slipped down the rankings.
In recent months missed cuts at the Norwegian and Finnish Challenge tournaments have overshadowed his fourth-place result at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge and Frittelli has ground to make up.
But the University of Texas graduate is on the Challenge Tour cusp, falling €252 short of 15th-placed Tim Sluiter in the season’s earnings.
Five events remain until the top 45 battle it out at the Challenge Tour Grand Final and Frittelli is getting into position for a climactic end to the season, starting this week in France.