Harrogate’s John Parry tees off among the elite at the US Open tomorrow feeling confident enough in his game that he can challenge for victory again.
The 28-year-old has an off-on existence on the European Tour ever since marking his maiden campaign in 2010 with a surprise victory at the Vivendi Trophy in Paris.
But as he rubs shoulders with the world’s best having qualified to contest the US Open for the second time in three years, Parry does so believing his game is in as good a shape as ever.
“I really feel that my game is good enough to challenge for another win,” said Parry, whose confidence derives from five made cuts in his last six tournaments and a fifth-place finish at the Mauritius Open.
“I’ve been hitting the ball solid for the past few months, just the putter has been a bit cold, but that seems to be changing.
“I know that if I can putting in the work and keep playing the way I am, then opportunities will come, then I just need to take them.
“I’m looking forward to an exciting second half of the year.”
The highlight of that – unless there is a win on the horizon – will be this week’s US Open at the previously untested course of Chambers Bay near Seattle.
It is a linksy layout that has polarised opinion among the players but Parry is at home on such terrain, and can draw on his previous experience of America’s national championship.
Two years ago he finished in a commendable tie for 28th at Merion after four competitive rounds, and he believes he owes a debt of gratitude to the team around him for getting him back onto the European Tour this year after a miserable 2014 campaign, and back into a major field.
“I really feel that my consistency has improved this year,” said Parry.
“Although I’ve had good results in previous years on tour, results have been somewhat streaky, but between me and my coach Hugh Marr, I’m a lot more comfortable with my swing mechanics and everything is working nicely. I feel I’m more experienced as a player now.
“I’ve learned a lot from last year, which I expect will stand me in better stead going forward.
“This has been mainly down to my coach Hugh Marr.
“We have a great relationship, everything he says makes sense.
“And, importantly, I feel I understand my swing better.
“I have a great team around me.”
Parry added: “I feel like my structure is all in place so I can now just concentrate on my golf.”