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Marcus Fraser

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

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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

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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

Marcus Fraser hit 12 of Royal Selangor's 14 fairways in an opening 5-under-par 34-32=66 at the Maybank Championship Malaysia and is just two shots off the lead held by fellow Aussie Nathan Holman.

Fraser's straight hitting looked a good fit for Royal Selangor and it played out that way in round one. Able to play almost all his second shots from the short grass, the 37-year-old found 14 greens in regulation and avoided a bogey on his card by getting up and down on all four occasions he missed. Fraser was steady on his front nine with just a single birdie at 4 but accelerated on the back with further par breakers at 10, 13, 14 and 17. This represents a return to form after he struggled on the recent 'Desert Swing' with two missed cuts and a T59.
Feb 18 - 6:49 AM

After a disappointing time on the 'Desert Swing', Marcus Fraser may find the course more to his liking in this week's inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia.

The Aussie missed the cut in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai and was a modest T59 in Qatar. But his steady, straight-hitting game could be a good fit for Royal Selangor GC looking at the type of players who did well there when it last staged an event back in 2002. In addition, Fraser has played well in Malaysia before, making the top 25 in four of his last six starts there.
Feb 17 - 5:21 AM

Marcus Fraser toured the Earth course in 6-under-par 32-34=66 to set the early target on day one of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Aussie, who secured his place in the 60-man field with a T13 in last week's BMW Masters, posted seven birdies and a bogey in his opening lap, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and hitting 16 greens in regulation. Fraser was quick out of the blocks with birdies at 2, 3 and 4 and he added another at 7 to turn in 32. He kept his charge going with par breakers at 10, 11 and 14 before dropping his only shot of the day at the par-4 16th. After his lowest round at the Earth course gave him a share of the first-round lead with Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan, Fraser said, "I felt like I played great, felt like I was in control of my game most of the day. I managed to make a couple of putts -- the greens are that good; if you pick the right line and you hit it on line, it's going to go in. It's always nice to get off to a fast start and I kept it going."
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 04:36:00 AM

Marcus Fraser sits in 60th spot on the Race to Dubai going into this week's BMW Masters in China.

That's a significant number as only the top 60 at the of the BMW will earn a spot in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next week. Fraser is the first man the chasing pack will try and pick off so he needs a decent performance. He's played in this event at Lake Malaren just once previously but did well, recovering from an opening 73 to finish T12 in 2013. A repeat performance will punch his ticket to Dubai. As for latest form, the Aussie was T47 at the Turkish Airlines Open and T32 in the UBS Hong Kong Open but, prior to those two events, cracked the top five in the British Masters at Woburn.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 04:28:00 AM

Marcus Fraser boasts both course and current form ahead of this week's UBS Hong Kong Open.

The Aussie is coming off a T5 in the British Masters at Woburn a fortnight ago but it's his record at Fanling that should really get gamers' attention this week. Fraser's accuracy off the tee and solid putting has served him well year after year in this tournament and overall he's 7-for-7 with five top 11 finishes. That includes T5 last year when he held the lead going into the final round and third in 2012. He's currently 58th on the Race To Dubai.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 07:11:00 AM

Marcus Fraser has slipped to 63rd in the Race To Dubai ahead of this week's Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in the south-east of Germany.

Only the top 60 in the rankings qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai so the Aussie needs to get the engine running again. Since a T60 at the European Masters in Switzerland, he's played just twice and struggled. He suffered a first-round exit at the Paul Lawrie Match Play in his only start in August while, perhaps showing some rust, missed the cut in last week's Open d'Italia (72-70) after a lengthy break. This is the first time Fraser has teed it up in Germany since he finished runner-up at the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in 2012 so he'll have some positive memories to draw upon when he makes his return.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 09:07:00 AM

Marcus Fraser was runner-up in the 2012 Omega European Masters in Switzerland and has some good form going into this year's edition.

As well as that second place three years ago, the Aussie was T15 in 2010 and T20 on his last appearance in 2013 so his accuracy off the tee serves him well at Crans-sur-Sierre. The Aussie will play the event for the 12th time this year and gamers should note some promising recent performances. Fraser posted T15 in the Open de France at the start of the month and recovered from an opening 74 to shoot 69-68-70 and slot in at T20 in last week's Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 05:02:00 PM