Friday, November 25, 2011

Fraser lead at Australian PGA

COOLUM, Bubba Watson trailed European Tour regular Marcus Fraser by two strokes after the second round of the Australian PGA Fraser, who had career-threatening neck surgery in January, shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday. The Australian had a bogey-free round on the... Hyatt Regency resort course, saving par with a 20-foot putt on 17. He had a two-round total of 11-under 133. Watson was in the lead for much of the day, but a three-putt bogey on 18 left him with a 68.

Fraser said he had a disc prolapse in his neck, an injury exacerbated when he picked up his two-year-old son, Archie, at the Australian Open last year. A Melbourne specialist did the surgery. “At one point I had lost pretty much all of the use of my right arm towards the end of last year and start of this year,” he said. “It was quite painful. I was on a lot of medication to try and get the pain down. “They got rid of the old disc, put in a new synthetic disc, put a carbon fibre cage in around that, and a metal plate, so it was pretty full on. If I hadn’t had the operation there was no way I would have played again, so it was a pretty easy decision to make.”

He’s sees some room for improvement on the weekend. “I had a double bogey on each round, so considering the fact that I didn’t really have a clean sheet, I think it’s satisfactory,” Yang said. “I think I can build on this, but I’m going to take whatever the golf course gives me right now.”

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