Fraser uses Australia edge to take one-shot Turin lead
Marcus Fraser, pictured on August 10, 2013, used his experience of growing up on tight, tree-lined courses in Australia to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Italian Open.
The 35-year-old Fraser carded a bogey-free round of 68 for a three-round total of 205 and 11 under for the event.
Francesco Molinari, playing on the Turin course where he has been a member since he was eight, shared second place with Ryder Cup teammate Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren.
"It's similar to what I grew up on before I moved to Melbourne," said Fraser in praise of the Turin lay-out.
"I grew up on a very tight, tree-lined golf course with tiny little greens and the emphasis was on getting it in play and hitting little shots around the greens and that's exactly what this demands. I think it's a brilliant golf course and wish we could play it every week of the year."
Molinari began the day tied for the lead and got off to the ideal start with a birdie on the par five opening hole.
But a run of seven pars was then followed by a bogey on the ninth.
The 30-year-old could only manage one birdie, on the 14th, on the back nine to complete a 71.
Asked about the enormous amount of support he has been receiving all week, Molinari added: "It's crazy. I haven't seen that many people here in Italy ever.
"It's fantastic and they are all rooting for me. Maybe today they weren't as happy as the first two days but I will try to give them some more joy tomorrow."