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Londoner Andrew Parr Qualifies for Houston Open

Interesting to see Andrew Parr, the long hitter from London, Ont., has qualified for the Houston Open. Parr, who turned pro in late 2006, made his PGA Tour debut last year at the John Deere, and then played in the Canadian Open, but missed the cut in both.

A short story about Parr is here.

Andrew had this to say (noting that the playoff was for a spot in Louisiana):

Last week after I lost in a playoff at the Nationwide in Louisiana I then drove to Houston to do the Wednesday Pre-Qualifier for the Shell Houston Open. I then spent the next few days at Texas A&M seeing some old friends and sharpening up for the Monday Qualifier. Then today I went out and shot 66 to get into this week’s PGA Tour stop in Houston. There were 105 five guys for 4 spots. My 66 ended up putting me in a tie for 2nd and a spot in tournament. To say the least I’m very excited!! This spring has been a work in progress and I could feel a few weeks ago things beginning to shift and come together. I will keep you updated throughout the week,which I’m sure will be exciting.

It is good to see Andrew doing so well, especially considering the set back he suffered late last year when he was felled by a serious medical issue. Though no one — including Parr — has spoken about it publicly, his illness has been fairly common knowledge within the Canadian golf industry for some time. I guess it is a private matter, so I’m not going to delve into it other than to say it was quite serious and he has apparently fully recovered given the fact he shot a 6-under 66 to make it into the tournament this week.

Parr is one of the great hopes of Canadian golf. He’s well financed, well trained, and has strong support. He didn’t make the cut at the Canadian Open last year, but his second round 66 was enough to turn some heads and make many think the kid is the real deal. His ability to finance his pro stint is also a factor — most new pros can’t tour all over North America Monday qualifying for PGA Tour events. Parr, apparently, is the exception.

Interesting, considering he’s not well known outside of Ontario, someone has spent some cash and designed a flashy website for Parr. You can find it here.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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