Marcus Fraser Trying to Hold Off Hometown Favorite Francesco Molinari at Italian Open

By Carl Conrad
Marcus Fraser Italian Open
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If watching the FedEx Cup Playoff finale isn’t necessarily your thing, you’re in luck because the TOUR Championship isn’t the only game in town this week. The European Tour is playing the Italian Open this week, and Marcus Fraser holds the 54-hole lead.

The Aussie fired a four-under par 68 in the third round to move him one shot clear of Francesco Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts and Joakim Lagergren. There is definitely some firepower at the top of this leaderboard, especially with Molinari and Colsaerts in such close pursuit of Fraser, who accentuated his bogey-free third round with a chip-in birdie on the sixth hole at Golf Club Torino.

Fraser will be paired with Molinari for the final round and he’s not going to lie to himself about who the fans will be cheering on. That doesn’t mean that he will just shut down and give the fans what they want. Fraser knows that Molinari is a fan favorite, but he is hoping to go out in the final round and play well so that he can “try and spoil the party, I suppose.”

It’s not going to be an easy task, considering Molinari became a member of this club when he was eight years old. Not only is the Italian playing in his home country, but he’s playing at his home club. If that doesn’t constitute home field advantage, I don’t know what does.

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