Parry latest ex-EuroPro Tour star to win on European Tour

Parry latest ex-EuroPro Tour star to win on European Tour

September 27th, 2010

JOHN Parry has become the latest former PGA EuroPro Tour star to win a European Tour event.

Parry, 23, sealed his biggest victory at the weekend when he won the Vivendi Cup 2010 at Golf de Joyenval in Paris.

It means Parry follows in the footsteps of Ross Fisher, James Morrison, Richard Finch, Anton Haig, Louis Oosthuizen, Michael Hoey and Marc Warren as men who have won European Tour competitions after beginning their careers on the EuroPro Tour.

Harrogate-based Parry won by two shots from Swede Johan Edfors to collect the €204,160 top prize, while the victory also gives him a one-year European Tour exemption.

“I felt nervous and just tried to control my emotions,” said Parry. “I felt I was playing well, though, and my concentration was good.

“I was trying to get to 20 under and I think I could have done it if I had holed a few more putts.”

“At least I know now what I am going to play in. It takes the pressure off.

“I thought I was good enough to win – it was just putting it all together.”

He had not finished higher than ninth in any previous European Tour tournament, despite leading at the halfway point in Austria last week before finishing 20th.

But this time he finished the job off as he shot a final round score of 70 to finish on 17-under.

Parry – a team-mate of Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup – finished first at the final stage of Qualifying School in 2008 to earn his place on the EuroPro Tour.

He was a regular fixture on the Tour throughout 2008 and won the Ladbrokes Masters in La Cala, Spain, before finishing tenth in the Order of Merit.

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