Fraser Fires Oom Warning

Fri 14 Dec 2012

Fraser Fires Oom Warning

Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia, December 14: Australia’s Marcus Fraser, who returned Friday morning to complete the opening round of the Iskandar Johor Open, took a slight advantage in the Order of Merit race after Thaworn Wiratchant struggled with a cold putter.

Fraser posted a two-under-par 70 while playing partner and current Order of Merit leader Thaworn was a shot back when they returned in the morning to finish the remaining two holes in the US$2 million Asian Tour season finale at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

Fraser and Thaworn were not able to start the second round as slightly over three hours of play was lost in the second round of the Iskandar Johor Open due to thunderstorms in the afternoon. The second round will resume at 7.30am on Saturday.

Slightly over US$25,000 separate the two front-runners as they fought tooth-and-nail to outplay each other for the Asian Tour’s coveted Order of Merit crown but it was a birdie on the last hole which gave Fraser a one-shot advantage over Thaworn.

“It was nice to wake up at 5am, be back in position at a quarter past 7 and make a birdie. When we come to Malaysia, we should expect this kind of weather. That’s the way it is. But the course is still holding up pretty well. Hopefully we don’t get too much of rain or else we might be wearing gumboots out there or jet skiing out there!” said Fraser.

Thaworn cut a disappointed look after his round as his superb short game, which has been the highlight this season, went cold. He was also feeling the effects of a season-long battle where he won three Asian Tour titles and earned US$677,606.

“I’m hitting the ball good but my short game isn’t as good as I want it to be. The course is wet so it is difficult to putt. Last week I struggled with my driver but just when it gets better, my short game leaves me,” said the Thai veteran.

“Honestly, I’m feeling very tired. It has been a long season so I’m trying to relax. There’s a lot to play for so I need to keep my energy up for the week,” Thaworn added.