Fraser passes hometown favorite in Italian Open

Marcus Fraser during the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
Marcus Fraser during the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. ( Associated Press )

Saturday, September 21, 2013

TURIN, Italy – Marcus Fraser shot a 4-under 68 Saturday, giving the Australian a one-stroke lead over Italy's Francesco Molinari, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Sweden's Joakim Lagergren after three rounds of the Italian Open.

Fraser had a chip-in birdie on the sixth hole in a bogey-free round that left him at 11 under.

Molinari, who held a share of the lead after the second round, is trying to capture his national tournament for the second time; he won in Milan in 2006. Molinari became a member of the Golf Club Torino when he was 8 years old.

Fraser says he faces a tough closing round with Molinari just one shot behind and the crowd pulling for him. But, he adds, he will have to play his game and "try and spoil the party, I suppose."

Colsaerts had been a co-leader at the end of the first round.