Eagle-eyed Parry putting top 100 spot on 2014 agenda

John Parry training in the gym ahead of his US Open appearance next week under the watch of his strength and conditioning coach Rob Hobkinson.
John Parry training in the gym ahead of his US Open appearance next week under the watch of his strength and conditioning coach Rob Hobkinson.

Golfer John Parry is eyeing a charge up the world rankings in 2014, with a top 100 spot the overarching aim.

Parry climbed more than 200 places up the ladder last year before finishing for the winter narrowly outside the top 300 in the world.

And, with his new year set to start at the Abu Dhabi Championships next week, he was confident another sensational rise could happen again.

He said: “The top 100 next year, that is where I would like to be.

“It’s not easy but that’s going to be the aim for next year. It’s something I need.”

A leap into the elite of the game would ensure qualification for more majors, after the Knaresborough stroke-maker reached the US Open at Merion Golf Club last year.

Parry said: “Having played the US Open, I know I am not that far off from that level. The difference isn’t that much.

“The Masters is only the top 50 in the world and that would come too early.

“But I would love to play the British Open, and the PGA is the top 100 in the world. There’s maybe a chance to have a good run and get into that.”

Parry finished tied-28th in Pennsylvania after requiring a miracle second round chip on the 17th to make the cut.

The heroics preceded a tied-10th place finish at the BMW International Open in Germany before finishing fifth and fourth at the Scottish Open and Welsh Open respectively.

“It was a good year, but I don’t want to just have a similar season next time,” Parry said.

“I wouldn’t be unhappy with another year like 2013, but I wouldn’t be over the moon.

“I want to be back winning events and putting myself in the position to win more often.”

The US Open experience was not only a monumental tournament in Parry’s career, but his showing provided an upswing in results for the rest of the year.

And he said it was his high point of 2013.

“The chip at the US Open was very lucky. But that was the shot that turned the season around,” he added.

“I could have easily missed the cut. I was missing cuts at the time and that turned the corner.

“The next week I had a top ten, and I felt good in my game. It took a bit of pressure of as it was a bit of money on board.

“The Welsh Open was also quite a high.

“I was three over in five holes. I had never made the cut at that course and after five holes I was thinking, why am I here?

“To come back and finish fourth was great.“

His year marked a drastic upturn in fortunes after fighting to save his European Tour place at Q-School at the end of 2012.

And, after the success of a fitness intensive training schedule last winter, Parry, alongside coach Mark Moore, has adopted a similar strategy this off-season.

He added: “I’ve hit some balls at the range. The fitness will be the next stage of the training and it’s going to be horrible.

“It’s one of those things you can easily let slide under. But you definitely feel the benefits.

“It took a step back to look at where I was going wrong.”

“I got my stats back for the whole season and it’s interesting to see what you are good at, sometimes it’s not what you think.

“I need to be more consistent to achieve what I want to do.”