Master plan: Marcus Fraser eyes US

COROWA golf star Marcus Fraser has set his sights on the US Masters after completing the best year of his career.

The world No.55, who was paired with Tiger Woods in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in October, now wants to follow the four-time Masters winner to Augusta.

“The Masters is something I’ve never done before and something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Fraser said yesterday.

“It’s one of my major goals so hopefully I can play well in the next few weeks and do that.

“The Masters cut-off is in March so I hope by then to be in the top 50.”

The world’s top-50 players automatically earn a spot in the four major tournaments of the year.

Speaking at his own tournament in Corowa, Fraser said playing with Woods had been a career highlight.

“For the first five or six holes I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous on a golf course,” he said.

“I was shaking but once I started talking to him, I relaxed a bit.

“He’s great to talk to — he’s a normal guy who swears nearly as much as I do.

“He plays at a completely different level to me and a lot of other guys.”

Just 18 months ago Fraser feared he wouldn’t play golf again after he hurt his neck while picking up his son, Archie.

But since surgery, he has enjoyed the best form of his career, finishing 25th on the European tour last year after starting the year ranked 106 in the world.

Fraser, 34, said his best was yet to come after two seconds, a third, and several top-10 finishes last year.

“I feel I’ve improved a lot since my operation so everything is heading in the right direction,” he said.

Fraser is off to the Middle East for three tournaments from next week.

Marcus Fraser.

Marcus Fraser.