#TheOpen Blog: It's a special week

Tue 12 Jul 2016

#TheOpen Blog: It's a special week

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Troon, Scotland, July 12: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser talks about the excitement of qualifying for the Olympics and his eagerness to get into the title mix at The Open this week in his blog from Royal Troon.
By Marcus Fraser 
This is the one that I always use to get up and watch in the middle of the night back home in Australia. It’s something as a kid that I have always dreamt of playing and suddenly I’m now playing in my sixth Open.
It’s always special to come to a different venue and I’ve never played on this one. I’m trying to do the right preparation to try and get into the mix on Sunday afternoon. I feel that this is the kind of course that suits my game.
I played here on Sunday morning and yesterday, played nine holes today and will play 18 tomorrow. So that’s four good looks at the golf course. It’s a tough golf course, which I guess there isn’t any links golf courses which are not tough.
Conditions are a bit softer now because of the rain that we’ve had here but it does feel like it’s starting to dry out a bit and hopefully we’ll get some good weather for the course to firm up.
I feel like The Open is my best chance to have get into the mix at a Major. The other courses are a bit too big for me and these courses always feel like they play a bit better for me and suits my game. Hopefully I’ll do that and get into the mix.
My form has been up and down since winning in Malaysia. I feel like it’s making progress and hopefully I’ll make some more progress this week but it does feel like it’s headed towards the right direction.
I’ll have a big break in the middle of the year as we’ll get busier towards the end of the year and I want to play a few more tournaments out in Asia. That’s the plan. The Final Series in Europe is also happening then and I also want to play in some events in Australia during the end of the year.
My scheduling has allowed me to spend time with the kids and I don’t want to feel like I’m always away playing golf. That’s my number one priority which is to try to work my tournaments around and set a good schedule.
Last week I didn’t play in the Scottish Open as I took my kids to Disneyland in Los Angeles. Just to see the look in their eyes when we got there was just cool.
There’s so many things going on. The Olympics, the Majors, the Asian Tour Order of Merit and all the other stuff, I’m just trying to play it week to week and take care of business each week and try to do a good job at every tournament.
It’s a nice position to be leading the Order of Merit in Asia and hopefully I can build on the lead.
I’m also really happy that I’ve qualified for the Olympics. I’m just trying to get my head around everything and let it sink in that I’m actually going to the Olympics. It’s been at the back of mind over the last few months so I’m pretty happy now that it’s all confirmed that I get to go to Rio.
The Majors are obviously the priority but any chance you get to represent Australia, for me, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was hoping I would get the chance and it’ll be good fun to be with Scott Hend who has also qualified. It’ll be good fun staying together in the house in Rio.
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