Former Walker Cup player Parry claims maiden Tour win
John Parry, a member of Great Britain and Ireland’s Walker Cup team in 2007, claimed his maiden European Tour title with victory at the Vivendi Trophy, which concluded yesterday (Sunday) at Golf de Joyenval near Paris. The 23-year-old, who had not previously registered a finish of higher than ninth on Tour, held off the challenge of Scandinavians Johan Edfors and Jarmo Sandelin to win by two strokes.
A contemporary of Rory McIlroy, Rhys Davies, Danny Willett and David Horsey in the biennial match against the USA, Parry had spent a successful 2009 on the Challenge Tour, earning his full card for 2010. Thanks to this weekend’s triumph, he secures a one-year European Tour exemption, and ascends to 66th place in the Race to Dubai.
"I felt nervous and just tried to control my emotions. I felt I was playing well, though, and my concentration was good,” said Parry, who finished on a 17-under-par total of 271. "I was trying to get to 20 under and I think I could have done it if I had holed a few more putts.
"I thought I was good enough to win - it was just putting it all together. At least I know now what I am going to play in. It takes the pressure off.”
At the same event, another former Walker Cup player, Padraig Harrington, veteran of the 1991, 1993 and 1995 matches, finished in eighth place in advance of the 2010 Ryder Cup which begins at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, this week.
“I'm obviously happy,” said Harrington, who closed with a 64, the lowest of Sunday’s rounds. “The week before a big event is all about seeing where your game is at and what needs working on.
"I am excited to get there and ready to go."