|Date of Birth||1979-06-08|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(3) 2003 Sanya Open, China, 2009 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, 2014 ICTSI Philippine Open.
In 2014, Marcus made a comeback on the Asian Tour when he won the ICTSI Philippine Open. Victory was especially sweet for the Australian as he thought of quitting the game after losing his Tour card in 2013. In 2012, he safely held on to his Asian Tour card for the 11th straight season following two top-10s at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open and Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. Marcus’ best result in 2011 was a tied-third finish at the inaugural Indonesian Masters where he completed the tournament six shots back of eventual winner Lee Westwood of England. The Australian also enjoyed another top-10 when he finished equal fifth at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. Marcus ended a six-year title drought when he won the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open in 2009, claiming a one-shot victory to add to his lone triumph in the 2003 Sanya Open in China. He has been knocking on the door on several occasions after revamping his swing under the guidance of Adam Fraser, a former Asian Tour regular. He started the year strongly with a tied third finish but missed numerous cuts before bouncing back with top-10s in the Hero Honda Indian Open and Barclays Singapore Open to enjoy his best ever season to date. In 2010, Marcus endured a mixed bag but produced his best golf towards the end of the year to finish tied fifth in the Hero Honda Indian Open, equal sixth in his defence in Cambodia and tied eighth in the season-ending Black Mountain Masters. In 2008, he enjoyed a fairly successful campaign, with a top-three finish at the Asian Tour International in Thailand being his best outing. Marcus was the only player who featured in all 28 events on the Asian Tour in 2007 and was 52nd on the Order of Merit. The tall Australian enjoyed three top-10s in 2006 at the Pakistan Open, Singapore Masters and Aamby Valley Asian Masters in India. He earned his Asian Tour card in 2003 from Qualifying School and achieved a career breakthrough by winning the Sanya Open in China after shooting five straight birdies on the back nine in the final round. Was named the 2003 Rookie of the Year. Had an up-and-down year in 2004 where he challenged for the Crowne Plaza Open in Shanghai on the back nine before finishing third and was tied seventh in the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia. In 2005, he posted five top-10 finishes. He was runner-up in the Macau Open and the Crowne Plaza Open in China where he lost to Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng in a play-off. Enjoyed a good end to the season when he finished third at the Volvo Masters of Asia in Thailand. Marcus played for the Australian amateur team in 2001 and 2002. He finished runner-up at the 2001 Australian Amateur Championship and won the Victorian Stroke Average category and amateur medallist in 2001. Was runner-up in the Tasmanian Amateur Open in 2002.
Marcus was a scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sports from 1998 to 2002 and said the experience helped in the transition from amateur to pro ranks. Said he enjoyed his first season in Asia not because of the fact that he won on Tour but because he enjoyed the different cultures and different cities across the region. “The experience was tremendous and I thoroughly enjoyed my first year in Asia,” he said. Twitter Handle: @MarcusBoth