AUSTRALIA’S Marcus Fraser shares the lead after the first round of the 2012 BMW International Open in Germany.
Fraser shot an 8-under 64 at Cologne’s Gut Larchenhof golf course to be equal with Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti in the European Tour event.
“I played really well, drove the ball really straight and only missed one fairway,” said Fraser, who is 92nd in the world rankings.
“Any time you do that, you’re going to give yourself plenty of chances.
“The greens were nice this morning and I managed to make a few putts and especially a few at the end, which was great.”
The Melbourne golfer birdied five of his last six holes, while world number 288 Zanotti ended with two birdies of his own to finish ahead of three players tied for third, Englishmen Danny Willett and Chris Wood and Irishman Paul McGinley.
Fraser is a two time European Tour winner and has been in good form this season with five top-20 finishes and believes a third victory may be just around the corner.
“Towards the end of last year it felt like everything took a turn for the better and I was heading in the right direction,” the 33 year old said. “So if you keep giving yourself a chance you never know when it might happen, I just have to keep practicing and playing hard and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.”
Local favourite and former world number one Martin Kaymer and Spain’s Sergio Garcia could only manage 1-under par 71’s but both could claim jet lag after returning from the US Open in San Francisco.
“I only slept two hours last night,” Kaymer said.
Richard Green was the next placed best Australian, tied for 10th after a five-under 67, while compatriots Brett Rumford and Matthew Zions were 1-over and Andrew Dodt 2-over.
2012 BMW International Open TV Times
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