Leaving on a jet plane? Not me, says Fritsch

Thu Oct 8, 2015 12:15pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - A top golfer who refuses to fly seems about as incongruous as a horse-hating jockey or a skier who dislikes snow but it is a situation that German professional Florian Fritsch is perfectly comfortable with.

Fritsch's fear of jet travel forced him to briefly give up the sport five years ago and he has slowly worked his way through the lower echelons up to the European Tour.

The next two events could represent a turning point, however, as the 29-year-old needs good performances at this week's British Masters at Woburn and at the Portugal Masters that follows to retain his tour card for 2016.

"These are my last two chances to get my card but I'm so close now that I think I've proved to myself that under the special circumstances I play under, not only can I get on the tour, I can also stay on the tour," said Fritsch.

"In 2005-06 I developed a fear of flying and it's got to a point where I don't fly any more," he told Reuters in an interview after carding a disappointing three-over-par 74 in the first round at Woburn on Thursday.

"Since 2010 I've been kind of dealing with it...and so far it hasn't kept me from having a career."

Fritsch is 116th on the money list and needs to squeeze into the top 110 to keep his card.

The German gave an insight into a typical week of traveling for him.   Continued...

Golf - Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - St. Andrews, Scotland - 4/10/15
Germany's Florian Fritsch in action during the final round
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff