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Holland and Ireland are this weeks stops on the European and European Challenge Tours.

Marcus Fraser, Stuart Manley and Micheal Hoey are all playing at the KLM Dutch Open at the custom built Dutch GC, 

Exciting times this week for The Dutch, as it hosts its first European Tour event having only opened its doors in 2011.

A member of the prestigious network of European Tour Destinations, The Dutch’s signature Championship course was designed by Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup-winning Captain Colin Montgomerie, in conjunction with European Golf Design.

The Challenge Tour returns to Mount Wolseley for the second year for the Volopa Irish Challeneg, where Chris Selfridge, Brian Casey, Rhys Enoch and Jimmy Mullen are all competing.

 

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PGA European Tour, Challenge Tour and Europro Tour

 

Next week BlackStar Golf have 2 players at the PGA Championship at Wentworth, 2 players at the Challenge Tour event in the Czech Republic and 2 players at the PGA EuroPro Tour event at Burhill Valley.

Marcus Fraser and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey are both playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the event is one of the biggest events on the European Tour, where  Byeong Hun An from Korea returns to defend his title he won in such dramatic fashion last year.

Chris Selfridge and Oliver Farr both go to the Czech Republic to play in the D+D Real Czech Challenge.

Jimmy Mullen and Rhys Enoch, both who finished in the top 10 in the EuroPro's opening event at Frilford Heath last week are both playing at Burhill Golf Club in the IFX International.

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Fraser wins Hilton Golfer of the Month on the Asian Tour

Marcus Fraser was voted Player Of The Month on the Asian Tour following his stunning victory at the Maybank Championship in February. Fraser, who currently tops the Asian Order Of Merit is currently playing in Texas at the WGC Dell World Match Play Championship.

http://www.asiantour.com/2016/03/23/fraser-wins-hilton-golfer-of-the-month-feb/

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Fraser To Play In Hero Indian Open

March 9: Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia will be among the star-studded names at the Hero Indian Open next week.

He will be joined by Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and South Africa’s George Coetzee, who are among six players ranked inside the top-100 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the US$1.66 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Title holder Anirban Lahiri, Tommy Fleetwood, and Marc Warren, are the other players in the top-100. Padraig Harrington of Ireland, a three-time Major champion, is also in the elite field.

A whole host of past winners and defending champion Lahiri will also be seen in action. The presence of all leading Indian and Asian stars will ensure the 2016 edition of the Hero Indian Open will be the strongest ever in history.

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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 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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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 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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Magic Manley secures European Tour card for 2016

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Stuart Manley produced a brilliant round of 66 in the sixth and final round to secure 13th card at the European Qualifying School. Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick started the final day in 42nd place on four under par, but an eagle and six birdies saw him card the lowest round of the day. Stuart now returns to the European Tour after losing his card in 2014.

The 2016 Race To Dubai schedule actually starts next week at the Dunhill Championships in South Africa, then Stuart will go to to Australia to join Marcus Fraser in the field for the Australian PGA Championships.

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Solid back 9 from Fraser at BMW Masters in Round 3 !

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Marcus Fraser holed his second shot on the the 18th in Round 3, add the eagle to birdies on the 10,11,13 and 14th and he shoots 29 on the back 9 !! 

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Fraser aiming for Race To Dubai

 

 

 

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Marcus Fraser returns to the European Tour this week in the penultimate event of the Final Series, the BWM Masters in Shanghai which starts tomorrow with Fraser teeing of at 9.10am local time along side ex Open Champion John Daly.

Marcus currently sits in 60th position in the season long Race To Dubai rankings, the top 60 players at the conclusion of the BMW Masters move on to to Dubai for the season ending DP World Tour Championship.

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Final Series - European Tour

Marcus Fraser finished 57th and Michael Hoey 85th on the Race To Dubai rankings after the Hong kong Open, which was the final regular season Euroepan Tour event of 2015. Both players have now qualified for the first event on the end of season Final Series, the Turkish Airlines Open. The Final Series, which consists of 4 events culminates with the leading 60 players competing in the season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in mid November. 

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68 for Fraser and Selfridge in Round 3

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Marcus Fraser and Chris Selfridge both shot 68 today, Fraser at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open and Selfridge at the  Foshan Open on the Challenge Tour. Fraser heads in to the final round T24 and Selfridge, who needs to finish in the Top 10 to qualify for the season ending Race To Oman finished Day 3 in sole position 5th place.

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12 out of 12 for Chris Selfridge

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Northern Ireland's Chris Selfridge made it 12 staright cuts in a row at the penultimate Challenge Tour event of the year in China, rounds of 69 and 70 has Chris T10 after 36 holes. The 23 year old from Moyola Park requires a Top 12 finish at the worst to move in to the Top 45 of the rankings to qualify for the season ending Race To Oman, he currently lies 56th. The Top 15 in the final rankings graduate to the 2016 European Tour.

In Hong Kong marcus Fraser shot 66 in Round 2 to head in to the weekend on 2 under par and T34th.

 

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