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Marcus Fraser

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/26/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196

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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. Oct 25 - 11:06 AM

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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.
Sep 1 - 9:26 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.
Aug 30 - 5:35 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.
Aug 14 - 3:37 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.
Aug 13 - 3:37 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.
Aug 12 - 1:59 PM

Australia's Marcus Fraser blitzed the Olympic Golf Course with an 8-under-par 31-32=63 during the opening round of this week's Olympic Golf Competition, establishing the Olympic scoring record and staking claim of the early clubhouse lead.

The talk leading up to the event compared Gil Hanse's design with many courses in the Australian Sandbelt region, so Fraser may feel right at home on the Olympic Golf Course. That certainly looked to be the case today as he striped 12 (of 13) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. Known for his great putting, he did not disappoint in round one, splashing home three putts from 17-to-26 feet. Fraser took advantage of the par 5s, birdieing all four, and also played the par 3s at 2-under on the day. This goes in the books as his low round of the year, previously a 65 at the IPS Handa Perth International. This is also the best round since his last 63 which came in the second round of the 2010 UBS Hong Kong Open.
Aug 11 - 11:47 AM

Marcus Fraser starts The 145th Open Championship with more hope than expectation at Royal Troon this week.

The Australian has teed it up 5 times in the Open. He missed the cut in 2005 and 2012, and was T54 in 2013. His other two appearances were oddly contrasting. In 2006, at Royal Liverpool, he shot 68-71 to lie T9 at halfway before drifting to T35. Nine years later, at St Andrews, an opening 74 left him languishing in T109 before rounds of 69-68-70 vaulted him to T20. Although a winner this year on the European Tour, in Malaysia, that is his only top 10 finish in 13 starts. 7-for-17 on Scottish links layouts with a best of T20 doesn’t inspire much hope.
Jul 11 - 9:15 AM

Marcus Fraser tees it up in the BMW International Open this week with fond memories of the Gut Larchenhof layout.

Four years ago the Australian flushed a first round 64 to lead the event after 18 holes, added 74-68-71 to lose the lead and then recover to tie Danny Willett, only to then lose out in the play-off. So mixed memories, but largely they’d have to be positive for a golfer who plays to his strengths and minimises his weaknesses. His other three visits to the course have notched T19-T40-MC finishes. A winner of the Maybank Championship Malaysia back in February it might be easy to dismiss him based on missed cuts in his last two outings, at the Irish Open and BMW PGA Championship. But he was T2 in the Japan Tour’s Panasonic Open three starts ago and he can peak, if the course suits, when apparently bang out of form.
Jun 21 - 12:45 PM

Marcus Fraser contests his ninth Irish Open this week and hopes a change in location will lead to better fortunes.

The Aussie has missed five cuts in eight attempts although he has cashed in three of the last four with a best of T25 at Killarney in 2011. This week the tournament moves to the K Club and Fraser does have experience of the former Ryder Cup venue having played in the 2005 European Open held there. He made the cut although could only manage T46. He'll head back as one of the Tour's 2016 winners after he took victory in February's Maybank Championship Malaysia. He's not missed a cut in five worldwide starts since and, notably, finished runner-up on the Japan Tour's Panasonic Open on his last start three weeks ago.
May 17 - 6:21 PM

Overnight co-leader Marcus Fraser backed-up with a 5-over-par 40-37=77 on day two of the WGC-Cadillac Championship to post 1-under 143, down 24 places on the live leaderboard to T25.

The Aussie co-lead with Scott Piercy after a sizzling first-round 66, his first 18-hole lead/co-lead in his 17th PGA TOUR start. He stalled out with seven bogeys and a double to erase four birdies in his second frame. The 37-year-old, making his fourth visit to the Blue Monster but first since T60/2013, improved to 10 (of 14) fairways but digressed to just nine greens in regulation. He did post a stellar 1.556 mark in putts per GIR but elsewhere, swallowed a -1.844 in strokes gained: putting at the time he signed his card.
Mar 4 - 5:08 PM

Australia's Marcus Fraser scorched Trump National Doral’s Blue Monster Course with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to join Scott Piercy at the top of the WGC-Cadillac Championship leaderboard through 18 holes.

Fraser won just two weeks ago on the European Tour to punch his ticket via the Race to Dubai ranking qualification. The short prep time was no issue today as he squared just one bogey on a very difficult Blue Monster Course. The Aussie can largely thank his flat stick for today's round, splashing in six putts from outside 10 feet. That includes gutsy par-savers from 10'9" and 11'6" on the par-4 18th and par-4 third holes, respectively. Coming home on the front nine, Fraser added a three-hole birdie train, beginning at the par-4 fifth hole, rolling in three straight from 11'7" or longer.The 4.742 strokes gained with the putter is unsustainable, but it's a great start nonetheless.
Mar 3 - 6:00 PM

When leader Soomin Lee buckled Australia's Marcus Fraser showed steely nerve to seal victory in the 2016 Maybank Championship Malaysia, smoothing a bogey-free 3-under-par round of 33-35=68, good enough for 15-under 269, two clear of Lee and Miguel Tabuena.

Stood on the 16th tee Lee held a two shot advantage over Fraser, but double bogeys on that hole and the 18th opened the door and Fraser didn't waste the chance. He nearly holed out from off the green on 16, nailed a 10 foot par putt on 17 and repeated the trick from 12 feet on 18 to grind his way to a third European Tour victory, nearly 7 years after his last and 15 since the first. Quite a contrast to his form in the Middle East which he afterwards described as "moronic". In the final round he inked red on 3, 5 and 14, but just as crucially he didn't drop a shot in the last 36 holes. The key to that was a stunning display of short game skills: he was 15-for-16 in scrambles at the weekend and 23-for-26 through the week. "I felt like I had a chance," he said afterwards. "(Lee's) quite young and it's a big thing to be leading a European Tour event with 3 holes to go. So I just tried to keep reminding myself to breathe and to play my own game."
Feb 21 - 3:47 AM

Marcus Fraser moved five spots up the leaderboard to solo second after compiling a flawless 5-under-par 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round at the Maybank Championship Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Fraser trails leader Soomin Lee by three shots but must feel he can put pressure on the young Korean, who is playing in just his second European Tour start. The Aussie arrived at 12-under 201 at Royal Selangor after handing in a card featuring five birdies and 13 pars. His set included a hole-out from sand at 7 and back-to-back gains at 14 and 15. Fraser needed short-game excellence to thrive today, completing 7-of-8 scrambles and is now 15-for-18 in that category this week. He'll be seeking a third European Tour win on Sunday.
Feb 20 - 5:11 AM

Marcus Fraser eased his ball round Royal Selangor GC in 2-under-par 34-35=69 for 7-under 135 at the Maybank Championship Malaysia.

The Australian is never happier than playing tree-lined courses, and if they are in hot and humid Asia that's no deterrent either. Flawless in round one, he dropped shots Friday at 7 and 14, but circled birdies at 2, 5, 11 and 13. Both bogies were the results of failures to save par round the greens. Fraser has only one top ten finish in his last 25 starts - but it came on the tree-lined Woburn. His straight-hitting thrives on venue rather than form.
Feb 19 - 3:25 AM