PGA EuroPro Tour graduate John Parry produced his career best round on Sunday (October 11) to win the ALLIANZ Golf Open Grand Toulouse in France to edge towards a European Tour card.
Parry (pictured) finished tenth on the 2008 EuroPro Tour Order of Merit and won the Ladbrokescasino.com Masters in Spain last September, and he is in prime position to graduate onto the European Tour in 2010 after shooting a final round 63 to win by two shots at 21 under par and move to 12 th spot on the Challenge Tour Rankings.
“It’s the lowest round of my professional career, and I picked quite a time to do it! To be honest, I’ve probably played as well on the first three days, but I didn’t hole any putts from ten feet or more. Today, everything seemed to drop – I only had 26 putts. I knew I wasn’t making many mistakes, so when the putts started to fly in, I just grew in confidence. When I woke up this morning, I knew that if my putter was working I would have a chance of winning, even though I was four shots back.
“I set out to attack from the start, and when I was six under through ten, it was going pretty well. I thought I’d be leading by one, but when I glanced up at the leaderboard on the 11th green, there were five or six guys on 18 under par. But in a funny way that probably helped, because it made up my mind for me – I knew I had to keep making birdies. My target was to get to 20 under par, but then when I got there on the 15th hole, I thought I might need one more, so I was really pleased to birdie the 17th. As it turns out I didn’t need it, but it was still a nice cushion to have coming down the last hole.
Parry played in the 2007 Walker Cup with the likes of David Horsey, Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy and hopes to be reunited with his old teammates next year.
“It’s good that I’ve got a week off to relax and recover for the next event, and obviously I’ll go there with my confidence sky high. I still need a couple of decent weeks to be sure of my card, but at least I’ve put myself in with a great chance. It’s mine to lose now. Hopefully I can join the likes of David, Danny and Rory on The European Tour. Seeing what they’ve achieved this year is obviously inspiring, and has given me the confidence to believe I’m good enough to compete with the guys on the main Tour. I just need to get there now.”
Date Posted: 12/10/09