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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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Farr to make 2015 European Tour debut in South Africa.

Oliver Farr TurkeyOliver Farr plays his first European Tour event, tomorrow at the picturesque Leopard Creek GC, South Africa; the first full field on the 2015 Race to Dubai schedule.

Farr, sponsored by Bromsgrove based Curo Chartered Accountants and Bank Frick turned professional in 2011. Farr rose through the professional ranks with a very impressive results list. In 2013 he played the UK based PGA EuroPro Tour – he played 19 events, winning twice, including the end of season Tour Championship and he recorded 5 further top 5 finishes to win the 2013 EuroPro ranking.

This ranking gained him full membership of the PGA European Challenge Tour for 2014, where he established himself by winning the 2014 Turkish Airlines Challenge in only his 4th event.

In addition to his win Farr had 4 further top 5 finishes, and made 16 cuts out of 22 events played.
These results elevated Farr to move up the Official World Rankings in 2014 to a career high of 249, having started the year at 1503.

Farr, who is coached by his father Graham, the head PGA Professional at Worcester GC is looking forward to getting started, but realises there is a lot of hard work still to be done to establish himself as a tournament professional,

“I’ve got work to do in the winter months as I’m already planning just how to improve my game, but I’ve got a working formula that seems to be going well.”

Farr plans on playing approximately 28 events in 2015, which will take him all over the world, hopefully finishing in Dubai in November 2015 at the lucrative 2015 Race to Dubai World Championship.

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