Fraser and Choi Lead

Fri 25 Jan 2013

Fraser and Choi Lead

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January 25: Australia’s Marcus Fraser remained on course of ending his three-year title drought when he fired a flawless five-under-67 to take a share of the second round lead at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Thursday.
Fraser, who finished second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season, compiled a two-day total of nine-under-par 135 to take pole position alongside Spain’s Sergio Garcia, first round Portuguese leader Ricardo Santos and Germany’s Martin Kaymer at the Doha Golf Club.
Fraser’s last win on the Asian Tour came at the Ballantine’s Championship in 2010 but his form has been on an upswing especially last season where he was enjoyed four top-10s and was pipped to the Order of Merit title by Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant only at the season-ending event in Johor.
“Overall I felt like I played pretty steadily most of the day. I made a few birdies once I got on to the back nine, which was the front nine, but I'm pretty happy with the day,” said Fraser, who marked his card with birdies on holes one, two, four, six and seven.
“It is definitely one of those courses where you need to be patient and just take your chances where you can get them,” added the Australian.
South Africa’s Jbe Kruger improved on his opening 70 by carding a 68 to stay three shots back of the leaders in tied-15th place while Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is a further shot back in tied-20th place on 139.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand matched his opening 71 to take equal 50th place while India’s S.S.P. Chowrasia made it safely into the final two rounds after carding rounds of 70 and 73.
Over at the Framers Insurance Open in the US, Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi of Korea took his place atop the leaderboard with defending champion Brandt Snedeker of the United States.
Choi birdied three of his last four holes on the tougher South Course at Torrey Pines for a 65.
It was a score which left the Korean extremely delighted as he is not a regular at Torrey Pines and only decided to show up after hearing from his host family in San Diego that the Korean community wanted to see him play
"Best shot ever on the South Course , ever," said a grinning Choi.
Ends.