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Ormsby and Fraser on edge of contention in Sicily

Ormsby following his only win at the 2013 Panasonic Open (Photo: Asian Tour )
Marcus Fraser and Wade Ormsby lead the Australians through 36 holes of the Rocco Forte Open in Italy, the pair at 10 under par after both recorded consecutive rounds of 66 to be five shots off the pace set by the long hitting Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

After a lengthy period in the golfing doldrums Ormsby continues to display evidence of a game returning to that which has seen him record top five finishes in numerous European, Asian and Australasian Tour events although he has only one win to his name, that coming at the Panasonic Open India in 2013.

Ormsby, who has been a professional for 16 years after a collegiate career in Houston, bookended his round today with bogeys but in between there were eight birdies, further indication that is game is back on track.  

Ormsby’s good friend Fraser is the leading ranked Australian in the field and he too is playing well after a poor start to the year. This is just his sixth event of 2017 but he has given himself a chance to contend over the weekend.

Andrew Dodt, Jason Scrivener and Nick Cullen also made the cut amongst the Australians but are further back.    

Six-time European Tour winner Alvaro Quiros rounded off a stunning return to form in the opening two days of the Rocco Forte Open – Verdura, Sicily with four closing birdies to take a two-shot lead into the weekend.

The Spanish star has experienced a dramatic drop in form in recent years, having been a regular fixture in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 2009 and 2012 – peaking at 21st – and has admitted he is intending to play on the Challenge Tour this season to regain his form and confidence.

A win in Sicily, however, would mark a remarkable return to the European Tour and he is in pole position after following his opening 63, which included a hole-in-one, with a seven under 64 at Verdura Golf Club on the southern coast of the Italian island.

A 15 under total moved him two clear of the joint first round leaders, Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland and Swede Sebastian Soderberg, who followed their incredible opening 61s with a 68 each.

 “It's a very nice situation I am in now. It's a long time ago since I have been in this situation. My game today was a little bit worse than yesterday but my putting on the back nine was unbelievable so I'm very happy with it.

“I'll try to improve and get the long game in order because the putting is picking up - I'm putting great"


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