12/16/2014 06:38 EST | Updated 02/15/2015 05:59 EST

Brad Fritsch earns full status on Tour with 7-shot win at Q-school

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Canada's Brad Fritsch earned full status on the Tour next year by closing with a 5-under 66 to win the qualifying tournament by seven shots. It was the second-widest margin at Q-school in the last 25 years.

Fritsch, from Ottawa, made three early birdies and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. He finished the six-round tournament at 27-under 402.

"I didn't come here to shoot 27-under. I'm surprised," said Fritsch. "I couldn't imagine coming here and doing that."

Fritsch earned US$25,000 with the victory.

Andrew Landry finished second. He was among the next nine players who are fully exempt for the first dozen events in 2015. The group that finished between 11th and 45th place (including ties) are exempt for up to nine events.

The priority list for the Tour is reshuffled at various stages of the season based on performance.


With files from The Canadian Press.