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Fraser impresses on return from injury

Fraser India 2LONDON, UK (24th February 2015) Having reached a career-high world ranking of 51st in February 2013, European Tour ace Marcus Fraser was plagued by a persistent wrist injury. By the start of 2014, he finally submitted to surgery and after considerable rehabilitation returned in November 2014 at the Hong Kong Open.

    Fraser’s ranking had slipped to 292nd and there was uncertainty over how the wrist would respond to the rigours of tournament golf and increased practise, but the results since his comeback have been impressive. The Australian has secured three top five finishes in 11 events – most recently tying for third in the Hero Indian Open in Delhi last weekend – and only missed one cut.
    Finishing runner-up in the Thailand Open in December qualified the 36-year-old for the Open Championship at St Andrews in July and he’s currently placed 37th in the 2015 Race to Dubai and has moved back up the world rankings to 156th.

    Speaking from his Melbourne home where he has returned for a break before April’s PGA European Tour in China, Fraser said: “So far things have gone very well – possibly better than expected.

    “It was always going to be hard to tell how my wrist would react when back playing full-time and how I would play after such a long lay-off, but to be where I am after 11 events, and having already qualified for the Open Championship at St Andrews in July is very pleasing. I am now really looking forward to the upcoming events in Europe this summer.”

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Marcus Fraser’s season ends on a high.

marcus fraserMarcus Fraser ended 2014 on a high following an eight month lay-off due to a wrist injury with a brilliant runner up spot to the eventual winner Lee Westwood at The Thailand Golf Championships.

Fraser only played four tournaments at the start of the year in the Middle East before undergoing surgery for an injury that first surfaced in the summer of 2013.

Complications following surgery on his left hand in February demanded further treatment, subsequently Fraser eventually only returned to action late on in the year at the Hong Kong Open.

Medical experts used a radical technique that involved taking the two-time European tour winner’s own blood, separating the plasma, and pumping it back into the hand and forearm to deal with what they believe is a form of tendonitis.

Fraser said “It started at the Open Championship last year and I had a couple of cortisone injections but each time it worked for just a couple of months and wore off, surgery was the only option, especially for the long-term”

Marcus eventually returned to action at the European Tour’s penultimate regular season event in Hong Kong, where he remarkably finished in a tie for 5th place. Another very solid performance followed the week after at the Perth International with a 15th place finish.

Heading to Thailand, one of Fraser’s main goals was to take advantage of the 4 Open Championship exemptions for 2015, in addition to finishing runner up in a high quality field, his goal was achieved and Fraser is now exempt in to the Open Championship in July 2015.

Fraser said of qualifying for the Open Championship “The Open at St Andrews was the first major I ever played. I was jumping out of my skin on the first tee but hopefully I will be calmer next year”

After 8 months out from injury the 35 year old from Melbourne has completed a fantastic return to tournament golf, and is already climbing back up the World Rankings (currently 171). After an uncertain 2014 Marcus heads into 2015 with renewed confidence, not only with his form on the course, but also with the knowledge that his injury is hopefully a thing of the past.

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