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Fraser recovered and will play Australian Open

MARCUS Fraser says he is ready to make an impact on the Australian summer after his eight-month stint on the sidelines this year.

AUSTRALIAN golfer Marcus Fraser could barely pick up a club earlier this year, but he has a blood-spinning machine to thank for getting his tour career back on track.

Fraser climed to a career-high 51st in the world early last year before a serious hand injury stalled his progress.

The 36-year-old initially tried to manage the issue with cortisone injections, but soon realised he would need to take more drastic measures.

"It was basically a bone spur on the top of my hand. They had to go in and shave out the bone in the top of my hand and put wax in there so it doesn't grow back," Fraser explained.

"And then after that I had tendinitis all down the left hand side of my hand.

"I had shooting pain across the top of my hand. I had to have plasma injections in the side of my hand.

"So they took my blood out and put it in a machine to spin it.

"They basically get the protein out of the blood and inject that into the tendon. It just speeds up the healing of the tendon.

"It looks like it's all sorted now."

Despite spending eight months on the sidelines, Fraser has impressed since making his return a fortnight ago.

Fraser finished in a tie for fifth at the Hong Kong Open, before securing a tie for 15th at the $1.75m Perth International on Sunday.

The veteran golfer will retain his European Tour card for 2015 due to a medical exemption, and he's keen to make a big impact at the Australian Masters and Australian Open next month.

"I'm quite happy with how things have progressed in a short amount of time. I feel like I can compete in those tournaments, definitely," Fraser said.

"I got up to 51st in the world. I'd like to get back to that sort of level again."

Fraser said his injury layoff had one major silver lining - allowing him to spend more time with his two kids.


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