Fraser confirms for #HeroIndianOpen

Wed 09 Mar 2016

Fraser confirms for #HeroIndianOpen

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March 9: Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia will be among the star-studded names at the Hero Indian Open next week.
He will be joined by Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and South Africa’s George Coetzee, who are among six players ranked inside the top-100 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the US$1.66 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Title holder Anirban Lahiri, Tommy Fleetwood, and Marc Warren, are the other players in the top-100. Padraig Harrington of Ireland, a three-time Major champion, is also in the elite field.
A whole host of past winners and defending champion Lahiri will also be seen in action. The presence of all leading Indian and Asian stars will ensure the 2016 edition of the Hero Indian Open will be the strongest ever in history.
The strength of the field and presence of so many top-100 players will also mean more World Ranking points, which are essential for players to qualify for the Rio Olympics, where golf makes a return after 108 years.
Fraser, who has twice been second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and is current leading it for 2016, was third at the Hero Indian Open in 2015. This year Fraser shot up in world rankings, following his win at the Maybank Championship Malaysia last month.
The 37-year-old Australian from Melbourne has three European Tour titles, including co-sanctioned events.
Luiten, who played a lot of events on PGA Tour in 2015, has been in great form with a Tied-fifth in Abu Dhabi and tied eighth in Dubai and tied 13th in Qatar. He was also tied 15th in Malaysia.
The 29-year-old Coetzee, who is also coming off a win in South Africa at the Dimension Data, was tied seventh in Qatar.
In 2015, Coetzee hit the spotlight as he finished tied seventh at the PGA Championships, besides winning twice ¡V at the Tshwane Open and AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, both of which were European Tour events. He was also third at the Trophee Hassan in Morocco.
Warren, 87th in the world, was runner-up at Qatar in 2015 and was fourth at both Scottish Open and Saltire Matchplay.
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