Harrogate’s Parry restores belief that he now deserves a place at the top table

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If a nightmare 2014 had left John Parry fearing he did not belong on the European Tour, then a solid start to his third incarnation as an elite-tier player should have quickly allayed those concerns.

The 28-year-old from Harrogate endured the kind of year last term that must leave a golfer questioning whether he is deserving of a place among the continent’s best.

Parry – a winner on Tour in his maiden campaign four years earlier – missed 21 cuts in a row in 2014 and went home with a cheque in his pocket on just five occasions.

Despite all of that turmoil, which included two coaching changes, Parry picked himself up and breezed through qualifying school in November to reclaim his playing privileges.

This provided the requisite platform for, six months on, the Yorkshireman has already earned more than double the amount he cashed in his annus horribilis.

He has recorded two top-six finishes, the second of which came at the Mauritius Open, and begins the European portion of the season at the Open de Espana today talking confidently about winning again.

“It’s nice to start playing a bit more consistent golf,” said Parry, who has earned €127,918 (£92,204) already this season and is halfway to retaining his playing rights, having on three occasions won those privileges through qualifying school.

“I’m putting a little bit better, and last week in Mauritius I hit it well and it was nice to get something out of it.

“Even the two weeks I wasn’t in contention recently, I was still knocking on the door and I just feel that if I can hole a few more putts then I’ll be in a position to challenge for a win again.”

Malton’s Simon Dyson is in a field for the first time since mid-March, while Hull’s Richard Finch is seeking his first top-60 finish of the season. Sheffield’s Matt Fitzpatrick, 20th last week, also features.