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AUSTRALIAN FRASER TAKES UP ASIAN TOUR MEMBERSHIP
Sentosa: Australian Marcus Fraser, winner of the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea two weeks ago, plans to challenge for the prestigious Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title after taking up membership with the region’s elite circuit.
Fraser ended a frustrating seven-year title drought with a convincing triumph at the Pinx Golf Club and he now intends to make full use of his new playing opportunities in Asia by signing on as a Tour member.
“My intention is to play as many events as possible and therefore, give me the best chance to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit,” said Fraser, who now leads the Merit race with US$496,970 from previous leader Noh Seung-yul of Korea.
“I decided to join the Asian Tour to expand my playing opportunities and experience different cultures. Over the years of playing golf, both as an amateur and professional, I have come to relish the opportunities that the Asian region has given me,” added the 31-year-old.
Fraser, whose brother Adam had previously played on the Asian Tour, represented Australia as an amateur at the Eisenhower Trophy and won the world amateur individual title.
Prior to his Korean success, he enjoyed a stellar season in Europe in 2003 where he claimed two Challenge Tour titles and a victory in the Russian Open. But after failing to land a win in seven years, he nearly gave up the game before the victory in Korea resurrected his career.
He is now relishing the opportunity to compete on the Asian Tour, which is the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia and the only player-led organisation in the region.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “I would like to welcome Marcus Fraser on board the Asian Tour’s growing family of players. It is great to see that he has set his sights firmly on winning our coveted Order of Merit title and it shows the growing attraction of the Asian Tour amongst leading international players.”
Fraser will join a strong line-up of Australian players who are members of the Asian Tour. Other prominent Australians include Rick Kulacz, Marcus Both, Darren Beck and Scott Hend, who are all winners on the Asian Tour.