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…
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.