This was supposed to be the year of retirement for Harrison Frazar.
The 40-year-old Texan had spent the last 13 years on the PGA Tour. He had some successes and some failures, but in all a very solid career. But Frazar had tired of playing golf for a living. He said he was worn out both emotionally and physically. He was going to stay home and spend more time with his family.
And then he won a golf tournament, his first in 355 tries on the PGA Tour. Last summer Frazar won the FedEx-St. Jude Classic in Memphis. With that came a trip to the Masters, a check for over $1 million and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Frazar has put off retirement for now. He isn't quite so worn out.
A newly energized Frazar opened the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 5-under-par round of 66 and is two shots out of the lead going into Friday's second round. He had six birdies and one bogey on the day.
"I hit good shots right from the beginning," Frazar said. "I made a couple of nice putts in the first few holes. I just played relaxed golf. I didn't putt great, but I happened to make a few. A couple of them, to be honest, weren't great putts but happened to go in."
His play on Thursday was just a continuation of what he's done to start the year. Frazar has played in three events and already has two top-five finishes with a second place at the Sony Open in Hawaii and a fifth-place finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Maui. Frazar is fond of the Islands.
The way things are going he may be fond of the desert by the time this week ends.
‘It's funny how things kind of change and turn around," Frazar said. "I feel very relaxed. I feel very content on the golf course right now. I'm not worried about too much, not worried about the future which is nice."
Frazar has won more than $1 million on tour in two different seasons. He keeps up this type of play and he may top that mark this week. The way he's started the season it's not too early to say this may be Frazar's career year.