Sammamish (Washington): Australia’s Craig Parry shot a six-under-par 65 to win the WGC-NEC Invitational by four strokes over Fred Funk and fellow-Australian Robert Allenby at the Sahalee Country Club on Sunday.
Three-time defending champion Tiger Woods, the world No. 1, shot a final-round 68 to finish fourth.
Twenty-two-year old Justin Rose from England shot a 68 to finish alone in fifth place at 10-under-par.
“I’m very, very happy,” Parry said. “It’s been a long time and I’ve been knocking on the door for 10 or 12 years, even longer playing events in America. I stuck to my game plan as far as playing the golf course. And I hit the ball pretty good.”
“Pretty good” is an understatement for Parry’s play — he didn’t record a bogey after his sixth hole on Friday for a run of 48 consecutive bogey-free holes. Over his final 54 holes, he had 18 birdies and just one bogey.
After running off birdies on the second, third and fourth holes to take a three-stroke advantage over the field, he birdied the ninth to make the turn in four-under 31.
For the entire round, Parry focused on hitting fairways and the middle of the greens. If any lingering doubts remained as to the eventual winner of the tournament, they were all but eliminated at the 12th hole.
Parry parried, while Allenby recorded a sloppy double bogey six and Funk took a five when he failed to get out of the greenside bunker at his first attempt.