posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 01:50 PM
Australia's Craig Parry admitted he had ridden his luck to defeat compatriot Nick O'Hern in a thrilling play-off in the Heineken Classic.
Parry birdied the fourth extra hole to claim the 156,000 first prize after the duo had finished tied on 14 under par at Royal Melbourne.
England's Simon Dyson and Australian rookie Jarrod Lyle bogeyed the 72nd hole to miss out on the play-off, Dyson failing to save par from a greenside
bunker and Lyle driving into trees.
Defending champion Ernie Els, seeking a record-equalling fourth straight victory, also bogeyed the 18th to finish a shot further back in fifth.
O'Hern, seeking a first European Tour title after 11 top-10s last season, had the upper hand throughout the play-off but was unable to take his
chances as Parry refused to concede defeat.
The left-hander missed from seven feet for birdie at the first extra hole after Parry had holed from twice the distance to scramble a par, and then
missed a virtually identical putt when the players returned to the 18th for a second time.
Switching to the 17th, Parry then had to hole from 10ft to stay alive after a clumsy chip from short of the green. Back on the 18th both players fired
their approach to within 10ft of the hole and almost inevitably Parry holed for birdie before O'Hern missed from a few inches closer.
"That was hard work," admitted Parry, whose victory ensures he will qualify for the Accenture Match Play later this month. "I was out of it, each time
I thought I was going to lose.
"I thought Nick was going to hole his putt and he could have ended it on the first hole. I was fortunate and he was unlucky but these are the things
you have to do to keep it going."