Craig Parry

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Craig Parry
Personal information
Full name Craig David Parry
Nickname Popeye
Born (1966-01-12) 12 January 1966 (age 52)
Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb; 12.3 st)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Spouse Jenny Parry
Children three
Turned professional 1985
Current tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins 23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
European Tour 6
Japan Golf Tour 2
Asian Tour 1
PGA Tour of Australasia 14
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T13: 1992
U.S. Open T3: 1993
The Open Championship T4: 1999
PGA Championship T19: 1994
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
1995, 2002, 2007

Craig David Parry (born 12 January 1966) is an Australian professional golfer. He has been one of Australia's premier golfers since turning professional in 1985, and has 23 career victories, two of those wins being events on the PGA Tour; the 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational and the 2004 Ford Championship at Doral.

Career as professional golfer

His first career victory came at the 1987 New South Wales Open, (an event he later won again in 1992) and later that year won the Canadian TPC. In 1992 he won three of Australia's top four tournaments, placing first at the Australian PGA Championship, New South Wales Open and the Australian Masters, a tournament he has won three times (in 1992, 1994 and 1996).

Parry first came to the attention of American golf fans during the 1992 Masters Tournament. After finishing tied for 11th in the 1991 U.S. Open, he qualified for the following year's Masters. Parry shared the lead after 36 holes and took sole possession after the third round. However, on Sunday he faltered and finished the tourney tied for 13th.

He won six events on the European Tour, the latest being his play-off victory over fellow Australian Nick O'Hern at the 2005 Heineken Classic, an event which had been dominated by South African superstar Ernie Els the preceding three years. He played the European Tour on a regular basis from 1988 to 1991 and had two top-10 finishes on the Order of Merit: third in 1989 and fifth in 1991. From 1992 until 2006 he played mainly on the PGA Tour, while continuing to compete around the world. Since 2007 he has concentrated on playing the Japan Golf Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia. He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

National team participation

He has been an integral part of Australian national teams and has been a member of the International Team in three Presidents Cups: 1994, 1996, and 1998. He won the PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit in 1995, 2002 and 2007.

Personal life

Parry was born in Sunshine, Victoria. Parry is married with three children, and divides his time between Sydney, Australia and Orlando, Florida.

Professional wins (23)

PGA Tour wins (2)

World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 25 Aug 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational −16 (72-65-66-65=268) 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby, United States Fred Funk
2 10 May 2004 Ford Championship at Doral −17 (71-65-67-68=271) Playoff United States Scott Verplank

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2004 Ford Championship at Doral United States Scott Verplank Won with a hole out eagle on first extra hole

European Tour wins (6)

World Golf Championships (1)
Other European Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
Runner(s) up
1 11 Jun 1989 Wang Four Stars −15 (67-71-66-69=273) Playoff Wales Ian Woosnam
2 27 Aug 1989 German Open −18 (66-70-66-64=266) Playoff England Mark James
3 19 May 1991 Lancia Martini Italian Open −9 (71-71-67-70=279) 1 stroke Wales Ian Woosnam
4 13 Jul 1991 Bell's Scottish Open −12 (65-67-69-67=268) 1 stroke Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
5 25 Aug 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational −16 (72-65-66-65=268) 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby, United States Fred Funk
6 6 Feb 2005 Heineken Classic −14 (69-66-65-70=270) Playoff Australia Nick O'Hern

European Tour playoff record (3–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1989 Wang Four Stars Wales Ian Woosnam Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1989 German Open England Mark James Won with par on second extra hole
3 2005 Heineken Classic Australia Nick O'Hern Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia (14)

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

Asian Tour wins (1)

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT T13 T45 T30 T48
U.S. Open 46 T11 T33 T3 T25 T90 T43 T34
The Open Championship T22 8 T28 T59 T77 CUT CUT CUT CUT T4
PGA Championship T40 T43 T31 T19 CUT T65 CUT T71 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Masters Tournament T25 T39 CUT T25
The Open Championship T36 CUT T59 CUT CUT T70
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT T55 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 7
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 1 3 14 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 18 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 7
Totals 0 0 1 2 3 10 55 33
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 17 (1990 U.S. Open – 1994 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
2002 WGC-NEC Invitational Tied for lead −16 (72-65-66-65=268) 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby, United States Fred Funk

Results timeline

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 R64 R32 R64 R32
CA Championship T20 NT1 T49 T54 58 T73
Bridgestone Invitational T3 1 T64 T65 T58 79

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament

Team appearances

See also

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