Date: June 20, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes at Chambers Bay

Fraser getting his groove on

He doesn’t attract headlines, he just keeps piling on the good scores.

Marcus Fraser quietly compiled a second consecutive 71 today to slide neatly into a tie for 28th heading at two over heading into the weekend.

And after his 2014 campaign was derailed by a serious hand injury, the Corowa ace is more than hopeful that he’s found the groove that once took him to the verge of the world’s top 50.

“It’s always nice to make the cut at the US Open, and I’ve felt like I’ve played the course really well, which you have to do this week,” he said.

“You can probably get away with playing poorly, but not managing it poorly, and I think I avoided both and I’m pretty happy with that.”

Importantly, Fraser made four birdies today, almost proving to himself that it’s there should he need to charge at the weekend.

“Yeah, I hit some really good shots early and made a long putt on the third on our back nine and I felt like I used some slopes with a few long irons in which I need to with my length.”

Fraser concurred his form was building steadily.

“I’m getting closer to where I was, for sure.

“Yeah for sure. I’ve made cut 11 times in 12 events and had a very consistent year without doing a hell of a lot.

“I’ve had two top 10s and obviously I’d like to contend a little more, but if I keep progressing like I have been I’m hopeful that will come.

“Fingers crossed I’ll keep moving in the right direction.

“If I can manage myself and the course well tomorrow, hopefully that will keep going into this weekend.

“If you can shoot under par on this course tomorrow, you’ll move up a long way.”

Another quiet achiever, John Senden, also worked his way into the weekend without much fanfare.

Senden actually moved into red figures with four birdies in six holes midway through his round of 72 that left him four over.

But while a bogey-double-bogey finish blemished the big Queenslander’s card, it didn’t dismay him greatly.

“The last few holes weren’t great – just put myself in tough positions where I just couldn’t get up and down,” he said.

“But I felt like I did better work than yesterday and I’ve got to take that into the morning tomorrow.

“I was putting well and striking the ball nicely before I missed a couple of shots and it’s frustrating to be scraping the cut rather than being right in the mix.

“I’m not overly disappointed, but to have finished it off would have been nice.”