John Parry almost missed his tee time on Thursday morning after oversleeping, but he will never have an excuse for running late again after winning a Rolex watch for the first hole in one of his professional career.
The Englishman, who won the Vivendi Cup in 2010, hit the snooze button when his alarm went off at 6.45am, eventually waking an hour later – with just 45 minutes to go before he was due on the tee.
Parry arrived at Golf Club de Genève at 8.15am and, having had no time to warm up or hit any shots on the practice range, promptly struck his first drive from the tenth tee into the trees to record an opening bogey.
“At that point, I thought it was going to be a very long day,” said Parry.
But after clearing his head, Parry rallied with four birdies in his next ten holes, and so stepped onto the third tee with a spring in his step.
Seconds later, the 25 year old was the proud owner of one of the title sponsors highly desirable timepieces after hitting a seven iron 170 yards straight into the cup.
Parry said: “As soon as I hit it, I shouted “Rolex” because I knew it was good – although I didn’t know how good. It’s just as well it went in, or I might have ended up looking a bit stupid! A few of the lads were speaking at the start of the week about how good it’d be to win a Rolex, because you don’t often get prizes for a hole in one on the Challenge Tour. So to get the first hole in one of my pro career and win a Rolex is pretty amazing. My caddie asked me if he could have it – I said there was absolutely no chance.
“I’ve had a look at them in the shops a couple of times, but they’ve been out of my price range, and I’m glad I didn’t spend all that money on one now. I don’t get it until the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday night, so I’ll have to change my flights because I was due to fly back in the afternoon. But it’s a small price to pay for a Rolex, because I can’t imagine my new flights will cost as much as the watch. Although I’ve now got to buy my playing partners a round of drinks, and that won’t be cheap in Switzerland! ”
Parry eventually signed for a round of 65 to move to 11 under par, four shots off the lead held by Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg.