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AUSTRALIAN FRASER AIMS TO LAUNCH MERIT MISSION AT HANDA SINGAPORE CLASSIC
Singapore: Australia’s Marcus Fraser is gearing up for a title assault at the Handa Singapore Classic as a victory will push him up to the summit of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Fraser is currently ranked second on the Order of Merit and will be determined to add a second victory this season at the US$400,000 full field Asian Tour tournament at the Orchid Country Club next week.
He ended a frustrating seven-year title drought with a convincing victory at the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea in April and consecutively signed on as an Asian Tour member to expand his playing opportunities.
“My intention is to play as many events as possible and give me the best chance of winning the Order of Merit,” said Fraser, who enjoyed a stellar season in Europe in 2003 where he won two Challenge Tour titles and earned a victory at the Russian Open.
“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,” said the 31-year-old.
Fraser, whose brother Adam had previously played on the Asian Tour, is ecstatic to return to Asia but is wary of the myriad of talents who will gather at the Handa Singapore Classic which will include three-time Order of Merit champion Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar and local hope Lam Chih Bing.
Myanmar’s Zaw Moe, who has been living in Singapore for almost 20 years, is also hoping to make a big impression.
Moe has been struggling to find his form in recent years and admitted that his hunger for success had wane in recent years.
“I won’t lie, I didn’t put in as much effort as I did previously but this year I feel different. I’m beginning to feel the eagerness to compete again and to put in all my effort to perform again,” said Moe who won the Singapore Open in 1997.
“I have been playing for five weeks in a row with the intention of preparing myself and to get my momentum going. I feel good and my game has been improving every week,” he added.
He will also be hoping to put his course knowledge of the Orchid Country Club to good use.
“The management at Orchid Country Club allows us to play and practice there which is good because we get to familiarize with the course. The course set up will be slightly different, especially with thicker roughs but that’s all part of the game,” added Moe.