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As it turned out, Ping pro John Parry’s first visit to the winner’s circle on the European Tour was only a matter of time.

As it turned out, Ping pro John Parry’s first visit to the winner’s circle on the European Tour was only a matter of time.

Twice in the last month, the English rookie challenged for his maiden victory, only to fall back at the weekend.

There was no falling back this time, however, as the former Walker Cup player grabbed the third round lead at the Vivendi Cup and held it until the end.

A final round 70 on the Golf de Joyenval in Paris earned him a two-shot win and secured his playing privileges for next year. He finished 17-under-par for the week.

“At least I know now what I am going to play in. It takes the pressure off,” said Parry. “I thought I was good enough to win – it was just putting it all together.”

Parry relied on several newly-launched Ping clubs, including S56 irons, Tour-S wedges and especially on his Scottsdale Half Pipe putter.

He also used a G15 driver and 3-wood and an i15 20-degree hybrid.

The win was the seventh of the year by a Ping pro on the European Tour. It also marked the fourth straight event won with a Ping putter in Europe. Three of the wins have come with a new Scottsdale Series putter, including the last two with the Half Pipe model.

Parry entered the event needing a high finish to avoid a trip to the qualifying school. His best finish of the year had been 9th and he was coming off a 20th place finish last week at the Austrian Open where he held the lead after two rounds.

With this win, the 23-year-old now has his sights set on qualifying for the Race to Dubai in which he ranks 66th. The top 60 earn a trip to the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

For the week, Parry played G15 driver, G15 3 wood, i15 20 degree hybrid, S56 4-9 iron, Tour S 47 Silver, Tour S 52/56/60 Rustique and a Scottsdale Half Pipe putter.

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