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Parry cruises to first European Tour title



Paris, France (Sports Network) - John Parry closed with his second straight two-under 70 Sunday to claim a two-stroke win at The Vivendi Cup.

Parry completed his first tour title at 17-under-par 271. Prior to this, he had just two top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

The Englishman had earned his card for this year through the Challenge Tour and stood 116th on the Race to Dubai at the start of the week. Parry won't need to worry about Q School or the Challenge Tour now as this win gets him a one-year exemption.

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

First-round leader Johan Edfors managed a 71 at the Marly Course at Golf de Joyenval to take second place at minus-15.

Robert-Jan Derksen briefly climbed into a share of the lead on the front nine, but fell back. He carded a one-under 71 and was joined in third place at 14- under-par 274 by Soren Kjeldsen (70), second-round co-leader Jarmo Sandelin (71), Francois Delamontagne (71) and Mark F. Haastrup (72).

Padraig Harrington, the only European Ryder Cup player in the field, closed with the low round of the day, an eight-under 64, to end in a share of eighth at minus-13.

Parry parred his first two holes, then converted a birdie effort on the par- four third. He parred three in a row from the fourth and was joined in the lead by Derksen.

Derksen traded a birdie for a bogey from the first. He ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the fourth to join Parry at 16-under.

Parry responded with a birdie of his own on the seventh. After Derksen bogeyed the ninth, Parry dropped a shot on No. 8, but was still one clear.

The 23-year-old Parry bounced back with birdies on nine and 10. He led by two strokes over Sandelin and Haastrup at that point.

Parry tallied six straight pars from the 11th. He tripped to a bogey on the 17th before closing out his first tour win with a par at the last.

"I felt nervous and just tried to control my emotions. I felt I was playing well, though, and my concentration was good," Parry stated. "I was trying to get to 20-under and I think I could have done it if I had holed a few more putts."

Edfors carded three birdies and two bogeys in his round of 71.

NOTES: Parry was the third rookie to win this year on the European Tour...No player in the final six threesomes broke 70 in the final round...Next week is the Ryder Cup, where the United States will defend its title at Celtic Manor.

09/26 13:01:28 ET