John Parry set for US Open task

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Golfer John Parry will tee off in his first major championships at the US Open later today.

Parry reached the championships at Merion Golf Club after battling through a play-off at a qualifying event three weeks ago.

He will shoot down the first fairway in the tournaments second group alongside Swede Rikard Karlberg and Japan’s Yui Ueda. They are due off at 6.56am (11.56am BST) on Thursday.

Despite the 26-year-old’s world ranking of 622, his coach Mark Moore believes he should be targeting more than just making the cut.

The course at Merion is packed with dog legs and is one of the shortest courses in the world with a total yardage under 7,000 yards.

Moore, who started coaching Parry when the golfer was seven, reckons the course will play to his strengths.

“John is a winner at every level. We have never moved up a level saying your aim is to finish 10th or make the cut,” said Moore, course professional at Flaxby Golf Club.

“John’s game is based around not making silly mistakes, not hitting into the cabbage. He is never going to take a golf course apart but he will win tournaments by not making mistakes.

“There’s a lot of golf courses where players can hit it 30 yards off line and be on the next fairway, this won’t happen on this golf course.

“This is John’s best chance of doing well in a major championship.”

Parry grabbed his first chance at a Major after birdieing the first hole of the tense six man play-off.

The tournament is Parry’s first in the United States for seven years.

But his coach doesn’t expect the added intensity to faze him.

He flew out to Pennsylvania on Saturday morning to have a full week playing on American grass and Moore said his charge would “hammer the living daylights out of his preparation”.

Moore added: “When he qualified for the US Open, he walked in and it was like the qualification hadn’t happened.

“He’s had a slightly slow start in his career in terms of Major Championships. But he can’t be getting excited about qualifying for the US Open.

“If he let’s himself get excited he will be on the plane and his heart will be pumping.

“In golf you need to keep your heart-rate down.”