John Parry secures Scottish Open fifth

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Golfer John Parry’s majestic form continued as he grabbed his highest European Tour finish for three years at the Scottish Open on Sunday.

The 26-year-old led the competition at Castle Stuart, Inverness after the first day’s play and he held his fine play to the finish to tie fifth on -14.

The high placing lifted him inside the world’s top 500 and to 92nd in the Race to Dubai.

Former world number one Phil Mickleson won the competition after beating South African Branden Grace in a play-off.

Parry finished the four days three shots behind four-time major winner Mickleson. But the Harrogate-born ace missed a chance to challenge as he bogeyed two of the final five holes.

“With five to go, I was in the mix but I always felt I was a couple behind,” said Parry, who had earlier birdied 11 and 12 on Sunday to move to -16.

“I should have pushed a lot more for the win. I probably wouldn’t have done much differently but I thought the leader were always going away.

“I never really felt I was in contention.”

Parry shot an eight under 64 in his opening round to catapult to the top of the leaderboard after heading out in the second group off at 7.40am.

He said: “Sitting in the clubhouse, I just thought a few people might passed me or join me,.

“It is always nice to be in the lead after round one but you know you are only a quarter of the way.”

Parry’s lost the lead with a second round level par 72. But a six under par third round tossed him back into the mix for the title.

A second level par round to finish meant Parry ended tied with Scotland’s Martin Laird and Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin.

“I need to build consistency,” Parry added. “My good game is good enough but the top players do it week in week out.”

Since finishing tied-28th at the US Open last month, the Knaresborough star has notched a 10th place finish at the BMW International in Munich and he made the cut at the Alstom Open de France.

He pocketed more than £100,000 with his fifth-placed finish in Inverness, his biggest European Tour prize since October 2010.

The revival has secured his future on the tour, less than a year after he won a Qualifying School to remain on it.

“It takes the pressure off for the rest of the year,” said Parry.

“My game has been going very well. The first part of the year was a bit of a struggle. It wasn’t going how I wanted but after the US Open it has changed.

“I have fine weeks off without a competition so I will have a break and go on holiday. It will give me a good spell to work on my game and get in the gym.”