Date: May 01, 2012

Aussies Abroad Weekly Wrap: Fraser close again

Star of the show: Marcus Fraser continued his impressive form on the European Tour, finishing tied for third at the Ballantine&aposs Championship in South Korea. It marked a third top-10 result on the tour in 2012 for the Victorian, who was seven shots off winner Bernd Wiesberger. An honourable mention goes to seven-time major winner Karrie Webb, who finished tied for fourth at the LPGA Classic. Webb recovered from a slow start to end up 12-under overall, five shots off American winner Stacy Lewis. Breakout of the week: Steven Conran looks like he is again nearing his best form after sharing second at The Crowns tournament on the Japan Golf Tour. The 45-year-old carded an even-par 70 in his final round in Nagoya, finishing two shots behind fast-finishing winner IJ Jang. Conran, whose only win on the tour came in 2004, regained his card in late 2010 and was a solid performer last year. Shot of the week: Watch Rod Pampling hole this 23-yard birdie chip on the par-five 11th at the PGA Tour&aposs Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Unfortunately it wasn&apost enough to prevent him missing the cut. Tweet of the week: @Marcusfraser: “Thanks for all the messages people, a couple of weeks, almost home for some family time!” Marcus Fraser appreciates all the support his impressive form is earning him. What lies ahead: World No.16 Jason Day will be out to kick-start his season at the US PGA Tour&aposs Wells Fargo Championship starting Thursday, with Tiger Woods among the field. Other Australians heading to Charlotte include the likes of John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby. Gavin Coles, Mathew Goggin, Nathan Green, Marc Leishman and Nick O&aposHern will also compete at the Quail Hollow Club. On the European Tour, several Australians are heading to play at the Open de Espana. Richard Green, Matthew Zions, Scott Strange, Daniel Gaunt and Scott Hend will all compete in Seville. The LPGA Tour hosts the two-day Brasil Cup starting Saturday, but no Australians are scheduled to participate. And the Ladies European Tour resumes with the Scottish Open starting Thursday at Archerfield Links in East Lothian. Karen Lunn, Lindsey Wright, Frances Bondad, Nikki Garrett, Sarah Kemp, Rebecca Flood and Bree Arthur are all set to take their places in the field. From the Couch: Coverage of the opening round of the Open de Espana begins on Fox Sports 1 from 10.30pm on Thursday. The Wells Fargo Championship will be televised on the same channel from 5am on Friday.