Date: April 24, 2012
Author: Dejan Kalinic, Perform

Aussies Abroad Weekly Wrap: Fraser fires

Star of the show: Marcus Fraser produced four strong rounds as he finished tied for sixth at the China Open, an event co-sanctioned by the OneAsia and European Tours. The 33-year-old was in fine form in Tianjin, finishing at 15 under and six shots behind eventual winner and in-form South African Branden Grace. It was the second time this season Fraser has recorded a top-10 finish at a European Tour event. Karrie Webb was again the best of the Australian contingent on the LPGA Tour, finishing in a tie for 12th at the inaugural LOTTE Championship in Hawaii. Veteran Webb finished on three under, nine shots behind tournament winner Ai Miyazato of Japan. Lindsey Wright (T27) and Katherine Hull (33rd) produced strong final rounds to move up the leaderboard in the latter stages. Breakout of the week: Wade Ormsby continued his strong form this year, finishing tied for 10th at the Indonesian Masters, which England&aposs Lee Westwood won by two shots. Ormsby, who earned his Asian Tour card through Qualifying School, was the best of the Australians at seven under, nine shots behind Westwood. Shot of the week: There were no great shots played by Aussies this week so we&aposve gone to the vault to revisit the amazing one Craig Parry produced to capture the 2004 Ford Championship at Doral in a playoff, denying Steve Verplank in the process. Tweet of the week: @angryant1910 (Gavin Coles) – “Wow, I made 1 putt over 10 feet again this week, that gets you the weekend off every week out here. Hope my putter warms up soon.” Gavin Coles laments his current bout of the putting yips. Coles missed the cut at the Texas Open after shooting 75 in both his rounds. What lies ahead: John Senden and Geoff Ogilvy are among those who will be challenging defending champion Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour. Other Australians set to be part of the field are Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers, Nathan Green, Mathew Goggin, Nick O&aposHern and Rod Pampling. Adam Scott will be in the field at the European Tour&aposs Ballantine&aposs Championship in South Korea. Joining him are countrymen Marcus Fraser, Andrew Tschudin, Andrew Dodt, Matthew Zions, Scott Hend, Kieran Pratt, David Gleeson, Scott Barr, Darren Beck, Marcus Both and Brett Rumford. The LPGA Tour continues with the LPGA Classic in Alabama, where the likes of Webb, Hull, Wright, Sarah Kemp, Sarah Jane Smith and Wendy Doolan will compete. The Ladies European Tour resumes on May 3. From the Couch: Fox Sports 1 starts its coverage of the Ballantine&aposs Championship from 2.30pm on Thursday. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins on Fox Sports 2 from 5am on Friday, while the LPGA Classic will be on the same channel from 10.30am.