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Less is More For Marcus Fraser

Fraser finds form in happy hunting ground (Photo: Henry Peters )
Australia’s Marcus Fraser, a former winner of the event, and Spain’s Nacho Elvira share the opening round lead at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur.

The pair's opening rounds of 7 under par 65 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club leaving them one shot clear of Austrian, Matthias Schwab, Thailand’s 'wizz kid', Jazz Wattananond, and Philippine, Angel Que.

For Fraser, who is playing just his fifth tournament of 2019, the round represents a turnaround of form for the now 40-year old, having missed four of his last seven cuts for a best of 17th at the Vic Open in February.

Two of Fraser’s three European Tour victories have come in Asia, including this event in 2016, but he is playing a limited schedule this year having played 27 events in 2018.

“I'm definitely a part time golfer these days,” said Fraser. “It's nice to go out on the golf course and it doesn't mean as much as it used to. I think when you've got that mind-set it probably helps. I was more surprised than anyone going out there and shooting seven under.

 “I've been playing well, having a hit at home, but I haven't played a whole lot of competitive golf. It was nice to go out and play well in a great tournament. 

“It's been a good day. “I played steady all day and putted really well. The new greens here, well they've done a great job. Unfortunately, they lost them last year. Unbelievable to be able to turn them around in 12 months.

“The greens last year, by no fault of their own, they were diseased and they lost them. Now they have rebuilt them and they are fantastic. The course played a lot different last year.

“It's quite firm out there on the greens whereas last year the ball was plugging in to the greens because of the surface. It was definitely a different golf course. It was enjoyable out there, nice to see the ball bounce and even on the fairways.”

Recent New Zealand Open winner, Zach Murray, also started well with a round of 68 to be tied for 7th while Scott Hend, Lucas Herbert and Terry Pilkadaris were the next best of the Australians in a share of 15th place after rounds of 69.

  
 

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