MAR­CUS FRASER

The Aus­tralian has just called time on his Euro­pean Tour ca­reer af­ter 16 years. In the first of our new se­ries, Fraser re­veals what life will look like af­ter golf, and why he’s jeal­ous of Thomas Pi­eters…

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1 Big­gest Win­ning three achieve­ment? times. The best was 2016. the I thought May­bank I was Cham­pi­onship done and in dusted, so that was hav­ing pretty not spe­cial. won for six years, 2 Big­gest Miss­ing out dis­ap­point­ment? on win­ning the 2004 my sec­ond Scot­tish year Open. out on That tour. was I was just lead­ing was one go­ing that got into away. the last day, so that 3 Best given? ad­vice you’ve been Prob­a­bly from one of my first coaches. When you prac­tise, try and hit the same length shot with three dif­fer­ent clubs to cre­ate feel and aware­ness. Best ad­vice you’d give 4 some­one else? Get the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals right. Also, stick to the shot you can hit. Don’t try and force other shots you’re not com­fort­able with. Some peo­ple hit a slice, oth­ers hit a draw. Work out what shot suits you and play to it. Most ex­trav­a­gant 5 pur­chase? Prob­a­bly a car. I’ve just sold a Mercedes AMG GT. I think they’re about £130,000, brand new. Be­fore I won May­bank, my plan was to treat my­self if I ever won again, so it ticked that box. Ca­reer Plan B? 6

That’s pretty close at the mo­ment. This is my last year on the Euro­pean Tour. I’m re­signed to the fact I’m not go­ing to play full-time golf any­more, but I’ve got some prop­erty stuff back in Aus­tralia which I’m quite keen to get into. Course you’d pay to play? 7 The Old Course at St An­drews. It gets bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery time I go back. It’s in my top five along with Kingston Heath, Royal Mel­bourne, Sun­ning­dale and Wal­ton Heath. The re­ally old, tra­di­tional golf cour­ses are still the best. 8 One sur­prise thing peo­ple that would about you?

I’m pretty hands-on at home. I’ve got plenty of projects on the go in my back­yard. Not so much ren­o­va­tions, but that’s my ther­apy away from golf. Gar­den­ing and hand­i­work. Best thing about be­ing a 9 Tour pro? Do­ing some­thing you gen­uinely love do­ing. I’m a golf tragic. I love the game and pinch my­self most days that I get to play it for a liv­ing. I’ve done it for 16 years. Worst thingabout be­ing a 10 Tour pro? Be­ing away from friends and fam­ily. It can be a lonely place on the road. One thing you’d change 11 about your game? Dis­tance. I hit it nowhere. Un­for­tu­nately, you’ve got to get in the gym, but I’m not to­tally keen on that. I’ve al­ways had a pretty good short game so that’s cov­ered up my in­ef­fi­ciency with my driv­ing dis­tance. Player you’d 12 least like to cad­die for? How much time have you got? There’s a few. Prob­a­bly my­self. No, Tyrrell Hat­ton would be hard. I played with him at the Dun­hill Links and there was a pretty long con­ver­sa­tion af­ter ev­ery shot.

Thomas Pi­eters. All the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals are there, and it looks like he can go at it as hard as he wants while stay­ing in bal­ance. He’s got one of the best golf swings in the world. Thomas is a good mate and I think he’s a top-10 player, top five even. He was dis­ap­pointed to miss out on the Ry­der Cup, but he com­pletely un­der­stood and said it was his own fault. He should have been in the team, and not had to rely on a wild­card.

Vi­jay Singh. I saw him in Fiji this year and even at the age of 55, he was on the range a cou­ple of hours be­fore and af­ter his round. He’s com­pletely en­trenched in the game. Throw­ing a club. You feel like an id­iot af­ter­wards. I threw one in a pond once at the Aus­tralian Open. I hit a cou­ple of balls into the water and my lob wedge fol­lowed it in. A green­keeper got it back for me. Kingston Heath. The whole ar­chi­tec­ture and strat­egy be­hind the golf course is per­fect. It’s golf­ing heaven.

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