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9th October 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Frittelli settling in well on the PGA Tour

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Frittelli settling in well on the PGA Tour

He has a had a solid, albeit still young, career on the European Tour where he boasts a couple of wins in his first three full seasons and now Dylan Frittelli will look to emulate such success in the United States as he enters his first full season as a PGA Tour member.

Having proven his worth as a skilled professional golfer with victories on the Challenge Tour’s 2013 Karnten Golf Open and the 2016 Rolex Trophy, Frittelli wasted little time announcing his arrival on the main European Tour after graduating from the Challenge Tour in 2016.

His one-stroke victory at the Lyoness Open in June of last year got him some attention and six months later at the AfrAsia Mauritius Open co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the Asian Tour and the European Tour, he underpinned his status with a playoff victory over India’s Arjun Atwal after finishing the tournament on 16-under-par 268.

With an unmatched ambition to achieve great things and an unrivaled hunger for the strongest competition possible, Frittelli would not stop there. At the end of August, he, along with 49 others, secured his PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour Finals.

In his first appearance as a full member of that Tour at the Safeway Open last week, Frittelli held his own to tie for 25th with seven others. An opening five-under 67 was followed by back-to-back 71s before he carded an even-par final round to finish the week on seven-under while trailing the winner, Kevin Tway, by seven.

While his final results might not be what he would have wanted, it is clear, however, even from his bogey-free opening round, that Frittelli is ready to compete in the US. A graduate from Texas University and something of a cult hero there where he won the decisive match to lead his team to victory at the 2012 NCAA Championship, Frittelli’s excitement for getting his card was captured in his Instagram post after receiving his card.

“PGA Tour-bound,” he posted. “It’s been a long and difficult six years since graduating from Texas University. But the hard work and sacrifices have been worth it. It’s time to live and work in the US again. I can’t wait to get to work and fly another South African flag on the PGA Tour.”

While many will always struggle to adjust to new environment, Frittelli is a resident of Texas and having played a lot of golf in that country, plus his European travel with the European Tour, he should do pretty well, and if his start to life on the PGA Tour is any indicator, golf audiences and PGA Tour followers the world over will get a front-seat view of the Frittelli vision this season.

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