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August 25 2011

9:21 PM

Mission accomplished for Frazar

Interview: Harrison Frazar

Frazar discusses his opening-round 64.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

EDISON, N.J. -- As he waited out a weather delay of three hours and 16 minutes on Thursday morning, Harrison Frazar was just hoping to get his first round at The Barclays finished.

So to get all 18 holes done -- and post a bogey-free 64 that earned him sole possession of the lead -- well, that was quite a bonus for the Texan, who picked up his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

"It's never a bad spot to be in," Frazar said. "It's never bad to start with a good score. So we are going to have at least two rounds of golf left, hopefully three, we'll see what the weather does. Somebody is going to shoot low scores, they always do. I've got to hit the ball in the fairway more. If I don't, then it's going to be a struggle the rest of the week."

Frazar's unblemished round was one of only two shot by those in the stop-and-start Thursday wave -- the other belonged to Kevin Chappell. Frazar chipped in from no-man's land on the first hole to get things going and went on to shoot a 31 on the front, although he was more pleased with his play on the final nine holes.

"I hit it very well on the back," Frazar said. "I played maybe about a 40 on the front and I played about 30 on the back.  But I think the scores showed differently. ... It could have gone either way. I hit it so far right on No. 1 that I was over by 6 tee box and hit it over the green from there.  That's a no-no.  We all know that.  But I hit a good chip and it hit the pin hard enough that it went in.
   
"So you know, I didn't deserve that, but I'll take it."

Frazar enters the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup ranked No. 51. He's well aware of what a win at The Barclays could do for his Playoffs push as he goes for the 2011 FedEx double .
   
"A win this week, it gets me in Atlanta," Frazar said. "It would virtually lock up a very good opportunity to win the FedExCup, so that's the goal, that's the ultimate prize there at the end, so that's the focus here. I'm not here to try to just kind of skirt by and have fun."

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