Date: February 14, 2007
Author: Alistair Hogg

Parry primed for Jacob’s Creek

By Alistair Hogg Australian Craig Parry is raring to go ahead of this week&aposs Jacob&aposs Creek Open in Adelaide. The former champion is fresh from a month off and will be keen to win his first title since 2005 when the tournament gets underway on Thursday. Speaking at a media conference at Kooyonga, Parry said that as well as a break, a new fitness regime run by ex-rugby league star Mark Carroll is also to thank for his rejuvenation. “We&aposve been doing everything from weights to aerobics, boxing and the treadmill, it&aposs been fun,” he said. “I&aposm feeling really good and my fitness has improved a lot.” Parry tees off on Thursday in his first PGA tournament since the 2006 PGA Championship at Coolum in December. The Kooyonga Golf Club will produce fond memories for the Victorian who claimed one of his most memorable tour victories there in 1999 when he shot a course record 64. “I love playing here, it&aposs a great golf course,” he said. “I went out and played for four hours today and the course is in fantastic shape. It&aposs a course that really fits my eye. I know how to play each hole and that&aposs a great feeling when you are playing in any golf event.” The field is expected to be put to the test on the weekend as the temperature is forecast to climb into the 40&aposs. “That hot northerly will make it difficult and any player who has knowledge of this course is going to have a big advantage,” Parry said. “Every part of your game is tested at this course, but the best part is that it doesn&apost dictate how you have to play it. If the wind blows, you have options.” The 2007 Jacob&aposs Creek Open boasts a stellar field including the likes of consistent performer Peter O&aposMalley, local Wade Ormsby, up and comer Jason Day and Brett Rumford, who Parry believes has the potential to be among the leaders this weekend. “Rummy&aposs got a fantastic short game which is what you will need on this course. I also think Won Joon Lee is a young guy from my club in Concord in Sydney is going to be a hit.” “He hits the ball as far as Tiger and was the number one amateur in the world. I think he is going to be an amazing player and people will be in awe of him.” Parry tees off at 8:10am (AEDT) Thursday alongside compatriot Brad Hughes and American Patrick Sheehan. Sheehan is currently second on the PGA Nationwide Tour money list and expressed his satisfaction at being drawn alongside Parry in the opening round. “I played with him at the John Deere Classic and we had a blast,” the American said. “He&aposs a laid back guy and I like my golf like that so we&aposll have a bit of fun out there.” The Jacob&aposs Creek Open is the second event on the 2007 US Nationwide Tour and is the first of two co-sanctioned events with the Australasian Tour. The second is next week&aposs HSBC NZ PGA in Christchurch.