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Fraser putting to top 50 golfer list

  • Fraser putting to top 50 golfer list

    Australian Marcus Fraser will be relying on his putter to get him into the top 50 golf rankings.

Australia's Marcus Fraser is going to have to putt his way into a world top 50 golf ranking and into the field for the rich Masters Tournament in April.

The 37-year-old Victorian and world No.62 is relying on his putter to get him through rounds.

And it's not doing a bad job. He nailed two long putts to win the Maybank Championship Malaysia tournament last week, and on Saturday shot up the leaderboard of the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup with a seven-under 65 to keep him in touch going into the final round.

Fraser will head into Sunday in a tie for sixth place at nine under, six shots behind South African world No.21 Louis Oosthuizen.

He started the day in a tie for 37th place.

Fraser said it was his putter shone again on an otherwise ordinary day.

"The putter was fairly warm," he said.

"I played awful, as bad a round of golf as I have played in a long time.

"I managed to have just 20 putts for the day, which is just about a new record for me. It's nice when it does happen.

"It's nice to be still running in the top 10 of the tournament, obviously winning last week, still with a lot of work to do.

"Hopefully, I can get stuck into the next few weeks and get my game together and keep putting well."

To put those 20 putts into perspective, Fraser was happy with his 104 putts over four days to win in Malaysia last week.

The $US9.5 million ($A13.3 million) WGC Cadillac Championship starting on Thursday at Trump National, Florida, looms as a critical one for Fraser.

A high finish or win will result in a significant jump up the rankings.

But as he's not known for long drives off the tee, he knows he is going to have to again do his best work around the greens.

"It is a ridiculously long golf course, which doesn't suit me," he said.

"But if everyone is missing greens, hopefully I can keep the short game pretty sharp and making long putts and hopefully have a good week."

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