AUTRALIA’S Marcus Fraser has finished third at the 2012 Ballantine’s Championship in Korea behind a rampant Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.
Wiesberger shot a four-under-par 68 to secure his first European Tour victory with a five-stroke win at the co-sanctioned event at the Blackstone Golf Club near Seoul.
“I played the best three rounds of my life over the last few days,” the 26 year old Austrian said. “My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and give myself birdie putts. I had bad pace early on today and left a few short, but they dropped in the end.”
Wiesberger finished at 18-under, five strokes ahead of Scotland’s Richie Ramsay who shot a final round equal course record 65.
Fraser began the day in second place and had his chances but his 2-under 70 failed to gain any ground on the Austrian and saw him finish tied for third along with first round leader Victor Dubuisson of France.
The highest ranked player in the field was World No.12 Adam Scott who overcame some disappointing scores earlier in the tournament to sprint home with a 65. He finished tied for 12th on 8-under.
“You can always take confidence from playing well,” Scott said after bouncing back from a 76 in the second round.
“It’s nice to be able to get some birdies, hit some good shots and I’ll take that stuff back with me to the States. There are three majors left this year, and the Players Championship amongst other things – lots to play for.”
Other Aussies in the field included Brett Rumford, who tied for 20th place, Matthew Zions (25th), Andrew Dodt (T49) and Andrew Tschudin (T65).2012 Ballantine’s Championship