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Aus Open Moment #3: The "best" win of Craig Parry's career

AS we gear up for the 2016 Australian Open, we look back at the win that veteran Craig Parry describes as "the highlight of my career."

GENESIS is the Official Vehicle Partner of the 2016 Emirates Australian Open and to celebrate this partnership the Genesis Golf Link Cup is turning the clock back to relive some of the greatest moments in Stonehaven Cup history.

2007 - craig parry secures the triple crown

Today we look back to 2007 for the swansong of a globally popular Aussie native.

With his career winding down in the late 2000s Craig Parry, or ‘Popeye’ as he has been fondly known by all in the golf industry for as long as anyone can remember, had done just about everything in Australian golf.

He’d won the Australian PGA in 1992 and three times held aloft the Australian Masters trophy.

But the third and most important leg of the Australian ‘Triple Crown’ had always eluded him, the Australian Open trophy a glaring omission from his trophy cabinet.

Parry was hardly among the favourites when play began for the 2007 Stonehaven Cup at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney, and an opening round 74 did little to vault him into calculations.

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But Parry had a score to settle with both the course and the tournament after he lost a playoff to little known American John Morse at The Australian back in 1990.

On day two Parry came out all guns blazing and posted a sensational 8-under 64, equalling the course record and jumping to within two shots of 36 hole leaders Kim Felton and Nick O’Hern.

Weekend scores of 70-69 were good enough for Parry to hang on for an emotional victory, one shot the margin to American star Brandt Snedeker, Nick O’Hern and Won Joon Lee.

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Parry would later describe the victory as his proudest, more important even than his two PGA Tour victories, one a World Golf Championship event.

“To finally win the Open was very special,” he told legendary golf writer Peter Stone in 2014.

“It is the highlight of my career, bigger than the World Championship event (the 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational), bigger than the Scottish Open.

“I was leading amateur in 1984 and I stood on the green with Tom Watson (the champion). I was 17 years of age and said to myself, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be the best.’

“I got close a number of times. I never thought I’d actually get there. It’s still an amazing feeling, the best ever.”

It was to be Parry’s last career victory and a fitting finale to the career of one of the nation’s most popular golfers.

This article originally appeared on genesisgolflinkcup.com.au.

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Rod Morri
About The Author : Rod Morri

Rod is an award-winning golf journalist with more than 20 years experience and has covered everything from major tournaments to junior golf at the local level. Rod began his life in the media as a daily news reporter for News Limited in Sydney.

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