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Marcus Fraser

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/26/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196

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Veteran Aussie Marcus Fraser earned his biggest cheque of the season in the Italian Open, carding a 6-under-par 30-35=65 on Sunday for fifth place and €251,959.
Fraser, who found comfort on a short, tree-lined course similar to those he has always thrived on, made six birdies on the front nine to share the lead with Ross Fisher, with whom he was playing. However, he failed to get up and down from a greenside trap in making bogey at 13 before a fairway bunker cost him a shot at 15. Still, this was his best finish of the season by some way, his only other European Tour top 5 coming in the Rocco Forte Open – also in Italy. On this form, he will look a big player in the first event of the new European Tour season in late-November, as he boasts a fine record in Hong Kong. Oct 15 - 12:33 PM

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World No. 259 Marcus Fraser blitzed Golf Club Milano for a 9-under-par 33-29=62 on day two of the Italian Open, his burst of red numbers moving the Aussie into a tie for the clubhouse lead on 13-under 129 alongside England's Matt Wallace. UPDATE: The pair go into the weekend two shots in front of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jamie Donaldson.

Right now, that's four clear of the chasing pack although some of the afternoon wave are yet to tee off. Fraser is bogey free through his opening 36 holes but there was little sign of a 62 today when he opened with five straight pars. The catalyst for his birdie barrage was a red number at 6 and he then made five straight from Nos. 8-12. The 39-year-old continued to hole everything he looked at and added further circles at 14, 17 and 18. "I haven't felt like I played all that well for the first two days," he told europeantour.com. "Even for me I felt like I putted unbelievably. I didn't really leave too many out there at all." This is the first time he's shot a 9-under-par round in over 1000 laps in his European Tour career.
Oct 13 - 8:27 AM

Marcus Fraser takes on Gregory Bourdy of France in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play event at Bad Griesbach in Germany.

Fraser didn't play in the two previous editions in Scotland but does know this week's course having posted T44 when it staged the 2015 European Open. He was also runner-up on a previous visit to Germany at the 2012 BMW International Open. The Aussie is just 1-for-6 since the end of May but before that was T5 in the Rocco Forte Open. He's capable of just popping up after a poor run of form and could be dangerous in this format if it clicks. T36 in the Irish Open two starts ago is a hint that it could happen.
Aug 16 - 5:44 AM

Marcus Fraser lost a playoff to Danny Willett in the 2012 BMW International Open; he'll try his luck in the event again this year.

The first thing to note is that the Aussie's near miss came at Gut Larchenhof, the other course used for this event over the last six years. At Golfclub München Eichenried, where this week's field will assemble, he's been less potent. Fraser has cashed in four of his last five visits but managed nothing better than T46 in 2009. His recent form shows three missed cuts in four starts but between the early exits was an impressive top five finish in last month's Rocco Forte Open in Italy.
Jun 21 - 6:41 AM

Marcus Fraser was T4 the last time Barseback Golf & Country Club was used for the Nordea Masters and he'll hope to have another strong week at the Swedish track.

That came in 2009 when he led the field after 54 holes following rounds of 72-69-70. It didn't fall his way in Sunday's closer though and a 77 ended his title bid. The Aussie was also T7 with 18 to play on his last appearance in the Nordea Masters, this time at Bro Hof Slott, but he again went backwards on pay day, slipping to T14. Fraser didn't make the cut at Wentworth last week but prior to that had played some fine golf to take T5 in the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily. He was 6th in both Scrambling and Putting Average in Italy and those short-game skills should translate well to Barseback.
May 31 - 7:23 AM

On a tough day Marcus Fraser was solid and dropped just one shot in a final round of 4-under-par 34-33=67 to finish the Rocco Forte Open at Verdura GC on 11-under 273, good for T5 and three back of a play-off.

The Australian has had injury problems since the Indian Open and this marks a real advance in his 2017 seasonal fortunes given that he has previously logged MC-T10-MC-MC-T58-MC. In blustery conditions he remained stout all day. There were two front nine birdies at 4 and 7, alongside seven pars. Then another two par breakers quick in his back nine at 10 and 12, before a birdie-2 at the 15th ahead of his only dropped shot at the 17th. 113th on the Race to Dubai before this week he might sneak into the top 100 as he heads to Wentworth.
May 21 - 9:21 AM

Marcus Fraser made the top three on his Hero Indian Open debut in 2015 and played all four rounds again last year to take his record in the country to 6-for-6.

That run also includes T4 at the 2012 Avantha Masters in New Delhi which is the scene of this week's tournament. There's a big asterisk though. That event was played on the much shorter Arnold Palmer course whereas this week's renewal takes place on the new and lengthy Gary Player layout. In theory, this looks bad news for Fraser as he's much more suited to shorter tracks such as Delhi GC where he placed T3 two years ago. Some current form would also help argue his case but he's lacking it after missed cuts in Malaysia and Perth and T58 in last week's WGC-Mexico Championship. However, he opened 71-70 in Mexico so he's not too far away.
Mar 8 - 5:22 AM

Accomplished Asian Tour performer Marcus Fraser returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to defend the Maybank Championship hosted this year by Saujana G&CC.

The Australian is comfortably one of the more experienced golfers in the field under Malaysian conditions. He's 17-for-19 in the country, 3-for-4 at Saujana G&CC itself, and was a smart winner of this tournament a year ago. He opened the season with a missed cut in the Australian PGA Championship but quickly got back on the horse with T10 in the Hong Kong Open. Since then he's not shown up on the Euro Tour, choosing to opt out of the Desert Swing and instead fly under the radar by finishing T3 in the Victorian PGA Championship. The field was nowhere near European Tour depth, but it might be a canny ploy and catch a few bookmakers on the hop.
Feb 6 - 10:10 AM

The best word for Marcus Fraser’s 2016 is mercurial; what will 2017 offer the Australian?

In 27 starts around the world he finished outside the top 45 no less than 18 times. On the other hand, he also claimed the Maybank Championship Malaysia in February, collected a T2 in the Panasonic Open in Japan and captured headlines around the world by opening the Olympic competition with a 63 and spending all week in contention for a medal before finishing fifth. He also closed the year out – and opened the 2017 season – with T10 in the Hong Kong Open. As phlegmatic as any Aussie, Fraser is unlikely to be too hard on himself for the vagaries of form. The truth is that he’s the sort of golfer who will thrive when the conditions suit rather than when on a hot run of form. He’s also spent 14 years on tour (one year out with injury) so he knows his own game. Generally speaking, tight tree-lined tracks are his thing and if they show up in Asia all the better.
Jan 6 - 6:53 AM

Six years after his first visit to Sheshan International GC, Marcus Fraser returns there for the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Back in 2010 the Australian failed to light up Shanghai, posting rounds of 72-76-73-76 to limp home in T63. But, looked at more widely, his record in China is excellent: he's 23-for-27 with 11 top 25 finishes, including three top tens at the Hong Kong Open. A winner this year in the Maybank Championship Malaysia, he has since struggled a little bit with the odd highlight in somewhat random locations: T2 on the Japan Tour's Panasonic Open, T5 in the Olympics, T8 at the Indonesian Masters. But on the European Tour he has failed to notch a top 20 since February and was not too impressive when finishing T60 last week in the CIMB Classic thanks to rounds of 75-69-71-71.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Marcus Fraser eagled the 446-yard 2nd hole on his way to a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the first round of the Omega European Masters.

The Aussie had been going along steadily with birdies at 15 and 17 before surging up the leaderboard by draining his second shot at a hole where others found trouble. Fraser gave a shot back at 5 but closed with birdies at 8 and 9 to complete an excellent start. He was 5-for-6 in scrambling today after finding 8 (of 13) fairways and hitting 12 greens in the right now. Right now, he's T3 on the live leaderboard and just a single shot behind Paul Peterson and Mike Lorenzo-Vera. This is Fraser's first start since he placed fifth in the Olympics after taking the lead on day one with a 63. He's got an inconsistent record at Crans-sur-Sierre but did finish runner-up in 2012.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 09:26:00 AM

Marcus Fraser is hoping it's not 13th time unlucky when he tees it up in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC this week.

There was little hint ahead of the 2012 renewal of this tournament that Fraser would end the week second; at that point in his career he was 4-for-9 at the course with a best of T15 and a next best of just T39. In 2013 he backed up his new found appreciation of Crans Montana with a T20 and last year he carded 67-65 to be T5 at halfway before the old ways caught hold: 78-72 to end the week T60. Work that little conundrum out! His form this season is no easier to get a grip on. For the most part he has struggled and yet every now and again it has clicked: victory in the Maybank Championship Malaysia, T2 in the Panasonic Open in Japan, T5 in the Olympics last time out.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:35:00 AM

Marcus Fraser failed to maintain his early fast pace on the weekend, but ended the Men's Olympic Golf Competition with a 1-over-par 37-35-72 to end T5 on 8-under 276.

The Australian, playing in the final group and lying in bronze medal position opened with two straight pars, only to then have his round veer off track. He made back-to-back bogeys on both 3 and 4, and then 7 and 8. Sandwiched in between were birdies on 5 and 6. The back nine saw him square 12 and 17, whilst circling 14, 15 and 18. His round was a peculiar one. He three-putted for bogey on four occassions, whilst draining four putts of over 20-feet for birdie. He ended the round 8 shots adrift of winner Justin Rose and 5 shots back of the bronze medal winner Matt Kuchar. He shot rounds of 63-69-72-72.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 03:37:00 PM

Australia's Marcus Fraser only managed a 1-over-par 36-36=72 during round three of the Olympic Golf Competition to lose the lead for the first time all week, entering the finale at 9-under 204, three off the pacesetter Justin Rose.

The 18 and 36-hole leader found just seven greens in regulation during round three. A stark contrast to the 14 he landed in each of the first two rounds. Considering the poor ball-striking display, he did well to avoid further disaster, swallowing just two bogeys to overpower a lone birdie. The key to keeping this round intact was a three-pack of par-savers from 7-to-10 feet, gaining 1.325 strokes with the flat stick. World No. 90 will now look to hit the reset button before Sunday, as he still sits in third place, with a three-shot cushion over the trio of golfers waiting to pounce at 6-under 207.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 03:37:00 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 90 Marcus Fraser fashioned a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the Olympic Golf Competition to reach the midpoint on 10-under 132, good for a one-shot lead over Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

The Aussie began the day with a three-shot margin over Canada's Graham DeLaet and Sweden's Henrik Stenson. He led Pieters by four, but that lead has been trimmed after the Belgian tossed up a 66/R2. The 38-year-old landed 14 greens in regulation for a second straight lap and digressed to nine (of 13) fairways. He outpaced bogey-5s on 12 and 16 (failed scrambles) with four birdies, circling Nos. 3, 5, 11 and 18. Fraser's longest conversion was from 5'0" at the par-4 11th.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 01:59:00 PM