Veteran Marcus Fraser has survived a major scare in the second round of match play to claim the 2021 Gippsland Super 6 crown at Yallourn Golf Club.
Delivery of the trophy to his children Archie and Lily was Fraser's first priority after edging Swiss rookie Alessandro Noseda by a stroke in the six-hole final but the possibility of victory looked unlikely after his first four holes of the day.
Having earned a first round bye due to finishing in the top eight of the 54-hole stroke play section, the 2016 Olympian faced fellow Victorian Andrew Martin in the second round and found himself two-down with two holes to play.
When Martin double-bogeyed 17, Fraser capitalised with birdie to take a one stroke advantage to the final hole, following that up with wins over Josh Younger and Bryden Macpherson to earn a place in the final.
"There was a three-shot swing there and then we both parred the last," Fraser recalled.
"That was a little bit unexpected. I was nearly packing my bags, two shots behind with two holes to go.
"I played great in my second match and then felt really comfortable out there."
Fraser's last win of note came at the European Tour's Maybank Championship in Malaysia in 2016, the chance to share it with his family adding special significance to his latest win.
"I promised the kids they could see the trophy before they go to bed so I'll do that," said Fraser on his 90-minute journey back to Melbourne.
"They see all the ups and downs now of what I do so it's nice to give them a little treat and bring them something home."
"Sometimes you're crying out for a break but when it's actually taken away from you and you can't do it you actually realise how much you love doing what you do.
"COVID has probably taught a lot of us that once again. I genuinely love playing golf and it's great to be back out on the course competing. That's what we do. That's our DNA, what we love doing."
Australian Associated Press