The day Parry should have won the Green Jacket

Bob Warters's picture
Tue, 5 Apr 2011

A series of bogeys followed and he eventually left the course close to tears after signing for a 78 – eight shots behind Couples, who'd had a stroke of luck when his ball somehow held the bank in front of the 12th hole.

The following morning I caught up with Craig by phone at his hotel when he revealed what had happened.

"It’s not Freddie’s fault. He’s a gentleman," he told me. "But I was physically shocked that they could want their man to win so badly. I was almost assaulted on the course. I was very upset."

Parry, who lives in Sydney and won the 2002 Bridgestone Invitational, holing a 6-iron from 150 yards in a play-off, made seven return visits to Augusta since that fateful April day.

His best was finishing 25th in 2000 and 2005. Though devoting much of his time to course design from his Sydney base, he's still hoping to have another chance to put the record straight playing on the Asian Tour.