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Fraser leads in Miami

Marcus Fraser continued his fantastic 2016 by shooting 66 in the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami.

Marcus, who won the Maybank Championship in Malaysia 2 weeks ago had 7 birdies and 1 bogey to be tied for the lead in the first World Golf Championship of the year.

Having risen to 58 in the World Rankings, Fraser is trying to get in to the top 50 by March 30th to gain a place in the 2016 US Masters.

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Fraser moves to 58 in Official World Rankings

Marcus Fraser finished 15th in the ISPS Perth International with an 8 under par score of 280, with that finish he now moves to 58th in the Official World Rankings. The event was a tri- sanctioned event between the European, Australian and Asian tours, with the points he accumulated he remains 6th on the 2016 Race To Dubai, and he also continues to lead the Asian Tour's ranking list for 2016. http://www.asiantour.com/stats/order-of-merit/

Fraser has qualified to play in the first World Golf Championship, which starts on Thursday ( March 3rd ) at the newly redesigned Blue Monster club in Miami. 

Follow his progress at Doral with live scoring - www.europeantour.com

Twitter @Marcusfraser

 

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Fraser, Manley, Hoey all playing in ISPS Handa Perth International

Fresh from his stunning victory at the Maybank Championship Marcus Fraser plays in the ISPS Handa Perth International, also playing are fellow BlackStar golfers Stuart Manley and  Michael Hoey.

The event is played at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth, Western Australia from February 25th- 28th.

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Fraser moves to 62nd in the World Golf Rankings with victory in Maybank Malaysia Championship

Marcus Fraser won the Maybank Malaysia Championship by 2 shots with a 15 under par total of 269. Victory in Kuala Lumpur was Fraser's 3rd career victory on the Euroepan Tour. Fraser moves up to 62nd in the latest World Rankings and he is now 6th on the 2016 race To Dubai.

After victory by 2 shots over Soomin Lee, Fraser said  "The last two putts were pretty unbelievable. I'm gobsmacked at the moment, it feels great."

Marcus 37, from Melbourne has now qualified for the three World Championship events in 2016, the first being next week at Doral in Miami, the Cadillac Championship and also is looking likely to play in the US Open, Open Championship and the US PGA.

Fraser now heads to Perth to play in the ISPS Handa Perth International, this week.

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Fraser wins in Malaysia

Marcus Fraser shot a final roundd 68 to win the Maybank Championship - Full report to follow.

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Fraser in top 10 after 36 holes in Malaysia

Marcus Fraser shout a 2nd round 69 to go with his opening round of 66 to be 7 under par, and T7th after 36 holes of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia. Fellow Australian Nathan Holman leads by 2 shots on 13 under par. The evnt concludes on Sunday.

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Mullen starts 2016 in South Africa,

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Jimmy Mullen, one of stars of the 2015 winning Walker Cup team starts his first full season as Professional at the Dimension Data Pro Am on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa on Thursday.

Although Mullen made it all the way through to the final stage of the notoriously tough European Q School, his final position only guaranteed a place on the 2016 European Challenge tour. Jimmy, 22 who represents the Royal North Devon GC said 

"I put so much effort into making the Walker Cup team and did great, I then played great at the Dunhill. The year was going absolutely amazing then it all just came crashing down at the end.

But you've got to learn from it and move on. I've got to learn to play professional golf somewhere and the Challenge Tour is going to be a great place for me to start.

A lot of great players started there and I don't see the problem with me starting there and learning my trade there." 

Mullen's next event will be the season opening Barclays Kenya Open on the European Challenge in 3 weeks time, along with fellow BlackStar golfers Oliver Farr and Chris Selfridge

 

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Manley continues solid early season form

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Stuart Manley continued his solid early season form finishing tied 29th in the Tshwane Open in South Africa, rounds of 72,68,72,70 saw him finish with a 4 round total of 282. Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick has so far played in 5 events on the 2016 Race To Dubai and currently sits 94th on the rankings having had 3 top 30 finishes.

Stuart returns to the European Tour in 2 weeks time in the ISPS Handa Perth International from February 25th to 28th at the Lake Karrinyup CC. 

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Manley returns to SA for the Tshwane Open

 

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Stuart Manley returns to action on the European Tour next week at the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC, Waterkloof.

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Dubai Desert Classic

Marcus Fraser and Michael Hoey both compete this week in the final leg of the European Tour's Desert swing, the Dubai Desert Classic, which is played at the Emirates Club in Dubai, and starts on Thursday.

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Fraser and Hoey in Qatar

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Marcus Fraser and Michael Hoey are both playing in the second event of the European Tour's Desert Swing at the 2016 Qatar Masters where Brandon Grace is defending his title. The event starts on Wednesday and live scoring is available at www.europeantour.com

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Manley continues good early season form.

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Stuart Manley continued his good early season form with a final round of 69 to finish on 11 under par and tied 13th at the Joburg Open in South Africa. Manley who is sponsored by Bank Frick moved up to 54th in the 2016 Race To Dubai.

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Hoey returns to action at Joburg Open

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Michael Hoey returns to action this week on the 2016 Race To Dubai, at the Joburg Open. Hoey who is sponsored by Sphere Global will play 1 event in SA before going to the Middle East for 3 tournaments.

Hoey said prior to leaving from his home in Northern Ireland, " I am very much looking forward to the early part of the season as there are some top quality events, also we will be playing on some great courses, so its a good test for my game  early on in the year "

Hoey is joined at the Joburg Open by fellow BlackStar golfer Stuart Manley.

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SA Open - Update

72 & & 73 has Stu Manley safely through the cut at - currently T49

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South African Open

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Stuart Manley is the first BlackStar golfer back in action in 2016 as he opens up his season at Glendower Golf Club in the BMW South African Open. Manley who is sponosred by Bank Frick returns to the main European Tour after regaining his full status at the Tour Qualifying School in November 2015.

 

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Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

The 2015 golf season finished in Thailand with Marcus Fraser finishing T30. The break is short but will be welcomed by the players, Stuart Manley will be first back in action at the South African Open in early January.

Many thanks on behalf of all the players to everyone who has been involved with BlackStar Golf, and hopefully 2016 will bring great things.

 

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Manley ends 2015 by finishing 18th in Brisbane.

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Stuart Manley heads home for the Christmas & New Year break after shooting a final round 71 and finishing 18th in the Australian PGA Championship, the second event on the 2016 Race To Dubai. Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick, will head back to South Africa in early January for the South African Open.

Marcus Fraser, who finished in 48th place in Brisbane, heads to Thailand for his last event of 2015, the Thailand Golf Championship, where last year he finished 2nd and also qualified for the 2015 Open Championship, via the R and A's international qualifying events.

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Queensland bound for Fraser and Manley.

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Blackstar Golfers Marcus Fraser and Stuart Manley both play in the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines in Queensland this week.  The tournament is the second event on the 2016 Race To Dubai following on from last weeks Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. 

Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick, will end his 2015 season in Queensland, before heading home for a Christmas break, but  then returns to action at the South African Open in early January.

Following the Australian PGA Fraser plans on playing in the Thailand Championship on the Asian Tour at Amata Spring, where last year he finished tied 2nd with Martin kaymer, 1 shot behind the eventual winner Lee Westwood. That will draw to an end a very successful 2015 for Fraser, he will return to tournament golf at the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in mid January.

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Manley in South Africa, Fraser at the Australian Open

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Stuart Manley, who last week was shooting a final round 66 to win his tour card back in Spain, plays his first event on the 2016 Race To Dubai at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek GC in South Aftrica on Thursday, teeing off at 8.10am in round 1. Having finished the Q School last Thursday Manly has been back home to Wales for 2 days, before he flew out to South Africa on Sunday, " Obviously my game is feeling pretty good after last week, I am really looking forward to the next two weeks and hopefully can get off to a good start on the new rankings in the first 2 events "  

Marcus Fraser is also playing this week, at the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney, where world number 1 Jordan Spieth is defending his title after winning the event last year by 6 shots.

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Fraser's wrist injury is left behind in 2015

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This time last year Marcus Fraser was just starting to play competative golf again after having not played for most of 2014 due to a serious wrist injury which required major surgery, his world ranking dropped from 51 to 300, in addition he wasn't sure how the wrist would stand up to the rigours of constant play and practise on tour. Marcus said at the time " My wrist feels strong again and I have been doing some intense practise at home, but until I have played a few events in a row I can't be totally sure I am over the problem "

2015 has proved to be a successful return for Fraser, he climbed back up the world rankings to 123, and also qualified for the European Tour season ending DP World Tour Championship, eventually finishing 52nd on the final Race To Dubai rankings. Along with this Fraser finished tied 20th in the Open Championship and made the cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay. Fraser played in 24 European Tour events in 2015, missing the cut on only 5 occassions.

Fraser, who lives in Melbourne is now looking forward to 2016, " I am pleased with the way 2015 has gone, my game has been consistent, and impotantly my wrist has given me no problems, I am looking forward to next season, and hopefully can get my world ranking back to where is was prior to my injury. "

 

 

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