Date: June 22, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Fraser tied on top in Cologne

Australian Marcus Fraser and Paraguay&aposs Fabrizio Zanotti shared the lead on a day of low scoring at the BMW International Open. Fraser, ranked 92nd in the world, set the early clubhouse target with an opening round of eight-under 64 at Cologne&aposs Gut Larchenhof course. “I played really well, drove the ball really straight and only missed one fairway,” Fraser said. “Any time you do that, you&aposre going to give yourself plenty of chances. “The greens were nice this morning and I managed to make a few putts and especially a few at the end, which was great.” Fraser, from Melbourne, birdied five of his last six holes, while world number 288 Zanotti ended with two birdies of his own to finish ahead of three players tied for third at the European Tour event. Englishmen Danny Willett and Chris Wood plus Irishman Paul McGinley are one shot behind the leaders following rounds of 65. “I played lovely on the front nine without doing much,” Willett said. “I played lovely on the back nine and hit every green, every fairway. I had a lot of chances and was just really solid. “The golf course is relatively wet and there wasn&apost much breeze. “It was there for the taking and was really just a case of trying to find a way to keep your score in. “The greens are receptive so if you hit some good shots, get some good numbers in, you can get close. German former world number one Martin Kaymer, however, could only manage one-under 71 as jetlag set in following his return from last week&aposs US Open in San Francisco. “I only slept two hours last night,” Kaymer said. “I made only two birdies, which is not a lot on this course. I didn&apost drive the ball very well.” Richard Green was the next placed best Australian, tied for 10th after carding a five-under 67, while compatriots Brett Rumford (+1), Matthew Zions (+1) and Andrew Dodt (+2) failed to break par. Meanwhile, at the Travelers Championship in America, Australia&aposs Nathan Green is just one shot from the lead after the opening round. Green fired a five-under 65 to share second place behind American David Mathis, while Greg Chalmers (-3), Aaron Baddeley (-3) Nick O&aposHern (-2), Marc Leishman (-2), Robert Allenby (-2) and Stuart Appleby (-2) are also in touch.