COROWA’S Marcus Fraser is hoping the biggest stage in world golf will help him emerge from a mini-form slump when he lines up in the British Open at Muirfield on Thursday.
Fraser missed the cut in his past five tournaments but showed signs of bouncing back in the weekend’s Scottish Open, won by Phil Mickelson.
It will be the third time Fraser has played in the championship.
“I can’t wait for the open to start,” Fraser said yesterday.
“It’s the best event of the year, no question, and just so different to every other tournament we play.
“My form hasn’t been great the last couple of months, but everything feels good with my game and I just need to get some confidence back and I should be fine.”
AUDIO: Hear Marcus Fraser talk to SEN Radio about the Muirfield course.
Fraser, who played in the open in 2005, 2006 and 2012 with his best result being equal 35th, believes consistency is key to posting a good score on the treacherous course.
“I played nine holes on Sunday and the course is already like concrete,” he said.
“I was landing the ball 30 to 40 metres short of the green on some holes and still finishing on the back edge.
“Like every open championship there is lots of long rough and plenty of pot bunkers, so keeping the ball in play is key to having a good week.”
Fellow Australian Adam Scott arrived at Muirfield last week in a bid to build his confidence as he looks to atone for his gut-wrenching loss at last year’s tournament at Royal Lytham.
“I’ve pretty much got the course figured out in my head and now it’s trying to adapt to some of the wind conditions, that’s the hardest part I think,” Scott said.
Fellow contender Jason Day has also hit the historic course several times.
“I think it’s going to be very tough to shoot any kind of score,” Day said.