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Friday, 19 March 2010
Marcus Fraser captured the Talma Finnish Challenge in spectacular style by chipping in from over 100 yards at the third extra hole to win a play-off with Tony Edlund from Sweden.

The Australian, who had let the tournament since day two, fired a one under 71 to finish on 13 under par 275 and tie with Edlund who had birdied the 18th to be in the clubhouse at 13 under.

That meant both players had to battle it out in a sudden death play off, with the 18th selected as the single hole that would decide the championship.

They both registered two par fours apiece before Fraser produced a majestic lob wedge from 91 metres to hole for an eagle two and take the €25,000 first prize that moves him to fourth place on the Challenge Tour Rankings.

It is the second win of the season for the 25 year old from Melbourne following his win at the Nykredit Danish Open and makes him the fourth multiple winner of the season, following Johan Edfors, Martin LeMesurier and Ivo Giner.

“I knew it was good when I hit it, and I thought to myself ‘that’s going to be really close’,” said a delighted Fraser minutes after his magic moment.

“You never know if these shots are going to go in or not but you know when they are going to be there or thereabouts. It was a great feeling to hole it, though, and I’m just delighted to have moved up to fourth place in the Challenge Tour Rankings.”

Fraser admitted he had to regroup out on the course when dropped three strokes in five holes on the front nine to go two shots behind Edlund, but had the belief in himself to birdie 14 and 15 to put himself back in contention.

“I did have to get myself together when I went to the turn – it wasn’t a case of having drastic thoughts about throwing it away, but I just had to remind myself of a few things.

“I then had birdie chances on the tenth, 11th, 12th and 13th before I picked up birdies on the next two holes and that got me right back in it.”

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