CRAIG PARRY has one last chance this weekend to make an impact in his debut year on the US Champions Tour and the Aussie veteran reckons he couldn’t possibly be practicing harder in a bid to take advantage.
The 50 year old Parry will be hoping the tour’s new “Wildcard Weekend” concept will be his ticket to the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, based on the main tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
Parry has played 15 events on the lucrative over 50’s tour this year with his best finish T32.
That sees him in 90th place on the money list, nearly US$100,000 behind the 72nd place that is the final qualifying spot for the playoffs.
However, the new Wildcard Weekend concept will offer a place in the playoffs for any otherwise unqualified player who finishes in the top ten at the regular season ending SAS Championship this week at Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina.
I don’t think I can practice any harder.
“It’s another opportunity,” a hopeful Parry said this week.
“I feel as though I’m playing really well, and you just have to get out there and play in tournaments and get your game right. It’s another chance to actually get into the playoffs. Hopefully, I do well and take that chance.
“It doesn’t so much change my mindset because I’ve been practicing pretty hard, I don’t think I can practice any harder. When you get to our age, you can only do so much practice otherwise you’ll end up being injured.”
Like the main tour, the Champions Tour this year will have a three tournament playoff series with numbers cut after each event.
Also like the FedEx Cup concept, points will be reset at the outset of the playoffs so all players qualifying will have the chance to win the tour championship – even if you happen to be last man in on a wildcard.
After the first playoff event, which is the Powershares QQQ Championship, the top 54 players will advance to the Dominion Charity Classic, then the top 36 players will qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Points will again be reset for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, similar to the reset in the FedExCup Playoffs before the TOUR Championship. Any of the top-five players will win the Charles Schwab Cup with a victory in the season finale, and all 36 players are mathematically capable of winning the Charles Schwab Cup, depending on performance and the results of the rest of the field.