Fraser is currently in 175th place in the race to Dubai standings after what has been a horror year by his standards but if he is able to finish even runner-up tomorrow then he would jump inside the top 60 and be on target to head to Dubai in November.
Despite an early bogey at Kingsbarns, Fraser produced a fine round of golf from that point, three birdies in his last four holes completing a round of 67 to be in contention for a 4th European Tour title
“A bit slow to get going and then too busy enjoying the good weather out there,” said Fraser. “I think it was beautiful. On the back, just the finish there, really capped off and turned it into a really good round. Monster putt on the last, a bit of a bonus. Yeah, it was pretty steady. Felt like I played actually a little bit better than yesterday and it was nice to get a few putts at the end to justify that.
“I feel like I'm pretty relaxed out there, which is rare for me. I'm enjoying being out there. I'm loving playing with Harry. We're having a great time out there together and pumped that we made the Amateur cut. We're pretty excited to get in tomorrow and enjoying hanging out with him and having a good laugh, so it's good fun.”
Hatton is chasing what would be an historic three-peat in the event. Tiger Woods was the last player to win three European Tour events in a row between 2005 and 2007 when he completed a hat-trick of both the WGC-Championship and the WGC-Invitational.
Ernie Els was the last man to do it in a regular event as he won the Heineken Classic every year between 2002 and 2004, while Sir Nick Faldo is the only Englishman to have previously achieved the feat the Irish Open between 1991 and 1993.
Tommy Fleetwood and Stephen Gallagher are tied in 3rd place and three from the lead, the performance of Fleetwood and Hatton made even more meritorious considering their heroics at last week’s Ryder Cup.
Lucas Herbert already assured of European Tour status next season is in 13th place, a position he shares with New Zealander Ryan Fox amongst others.
Queenslander Jake McLeod is the next best of the Australians in 35th place, while Deyen Lawson and Jason Scrivener just made the cut.
SIGNATURE HOLES: 5TH AT NORTHBRIDGE NSW
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