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Marcus Fraser shares lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

Fraser finally showing some form after a tough season to date (Photo: Henry Peters)
Victorian Marcus Fraser has a share of the opening round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, his round of 68 in demanding conditions at Carnoustie one of only two at that course under par.

Fraser shares the lead with England’s Matt Wallace, already a three-time winner in 2018, Wallace recording his round at St Andrews in the event where three courses are in play over the opening three days.

It was sharp improvement for Fraser who has yet to record a top ten in 2018 and is currently in 175th position in the Race to Dubai ranking.

"I'm over the moon,” said Fraser. “I just sort of stuck it out most of the day and waited for the putts to drop and at the end I made a couple of good par saves. A nice long one at the end from about 30 feet. It's brutal out there.

“Doesn't really matter if it's into the wind or downwind, and then you get the cross-breeze off 8 and 9. That's as strong as I've played the golf course I think."

Fraser will play his second round at St Andrews tomorrow before tackling Kingsbarns on Saturday ahead of the 54 hole cut.

The pair lead by one but looming just two behind are Ryder cuppers Brooks Koepka and Tyrell Hatton, Koepka able to out behind him the drama of last week and its aftermath with a round of 70 at Kingsbarns.

“I'm pleased with my round,” said the two-time major champion. “Hung in there. Felt like I made a few mistakes but that happens, and just got to move on from it. This wind, you hit one bad shot, it's exaggerated and you wind up with double really quick. Keep the ball on the ground and control your misses, I did a good job of that today"

Hatton’s round, too, was at Kingsbarns and the winner of the event in each of the last two years is lurking as a real chance to three-peat.

Also at two under and in a share of 8th place is Fraser’s fellow Victorian Lucas Herbert whose round of 70 at St Andrews continues his outstanding season in Europe where he has played mainly on invite and has now assured himself of a European Tour card in 2019.

Jason Scrivener and New Zealander Ryan Fox are tied for 15th after rounds of 71, with Jordan Zunic the next best of the Australasians in 42nd position after his round of 1 over 73.



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