Jesper Parnevik

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Jesper Parnevik
— Golfer —
Jesper Parnevik 2007-04-11.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJesper Bo Parnevik
NicknameSpaceman
Born(1965-03-07) 7 March 1965 (age 49)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Nationality Sweden
ResidenceJupiter, Florida, U.S.
Career
CollegePalm Beach Junior College
Turned professional1986
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
European Tour4
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT20: 2001
U.S. OpenT14: 1998
The Open Championship2nd/T2: 1994, 1997
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1996
 
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Jesper Parnevik
— Golfer —
Jesper Parnevik 2007-04-11.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJesper Bo Parnevik
NicknameSpaceman
Born(1965-03-07) 7 March 1965 (age 49)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Nationality Sweden
ResidenceJupiter, Florida, U.S.
Career
CollegePalm Beach Junior College
Turned professional1986
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
European Tour4
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT20: 2001
U.S. OpenT14: 1998
The Open Championship2nd/T2: 1994, 1997
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1996

Jesper Bo Parnevik (Swedish pronunciation: [jɛspər paɳəviːk]; born 7 March 1965) is a Swedish professional golfer. He spent 38 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2000 and 2001.[1]

Early years[edit]

Parnevik was born in Botkyrka, Stockholm County[2] and is the son of Swedish entertainer Bosse Parnevik. At age 15, Parnevik spent 10 days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and developed an appreciation for life in the United States; he later moved to Palm Beach County, Florida to attend Palm Beach Junior College in Lake Worth on a golf scholarship.[3]

Career[edit]

Parnevik turned professional in 1986 and scored four wins in his early years on the European Tour. Based in Florida, he joined the PGA Tour in the mid-90s, subsequently winning five events. His playing career also includes three Ryder Cup appearances (1997, 1999, and 2002) and two runner-up finishes in The Open (1994 and 1997). His career best world ranking of seventh, which he attained on 14 May 2000, was the highest world ranking achieved by a Swedish golfer until Henrik Stenson reached the top five in February 2007.[4]

In late 2000, Parnevik underwent hip surgery at the persuasion of Greg Norman, who had undergone similar surgery.[5]

Parnevik finished second in the Valero Texas Open in October 2007, losing to Justin Leonard in a playoff. In 2009, after a tie for 17th at the SAS Masters in Sweden, Parnevik underwent further hip surgery in Vail, Colorado, United States,[6] which cut short his 2009 season on the PGA Tour. He also cited the hip injury as the reason for his withdrawal from the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament ("Q-School") in December 2009.

In 2010, Parnevik missed cuts in his first three tournaments and had to withdraw again after a first round 68 at the Northern Trust Open because of an ailing back. He had emergency surgery where it was discovered that he had a broken lumbar vertebrae that could put his career in jeopardy.[7]

Parnevik played the 2011 PGA Tour season on a fully exempt status for his Top 50 All-Time Earnings ranking. He was allowed to reuse this one-time exemption after being able to play only five tournaments in 2010.[8] He played the 2012 and 2013 seasons on a Medical Extension after suffering a severe injury to his right hand in a boating accident,[9] with the consequences for his career being unknown.

Style[edit]

Parnevik is known for his distinctive and eccentric taste in clothes and fashion as well as his playing achievements. His on-course trademark was the upturned bill on his baseball cap. While on the European Ryder Cup team, he received a customized team cap with the Ryder Cup logo on the bottom of the bill instead of the front, so that it could be seen with the bill turned up. He has since stopped wearing the flipped-bill hat, but retains a flamboyant sense of fashion, such as disco-style purple trousers and other golf apparel designed by Johan Lindeberg. He has been politely described as "eclectic", and has been known to change outfits at the halfway stage of a round of tournament golf. Beginning in 2006, one of his new on-course fashion statements was a necktie worn under a vest. He is also known to eat volcanic dust as a dietary supplement.[10] Parnevik's nickname on tour is "Spaceman".

Life outside golf[edit]

Parnevik has an eclectic acting career including a cameo in the 2007 comedy, Who's Your Caddy,[11] in which he plays himself. An allegedly thoughtful historian in his free time, and a man with varied tastes, he was recently asked with whom he'd like to have dinner. He quickly replied that it would have to be a choice between Albert Einstein and Elvis Presley. When told he could only have one, he shot back, "OK, Elvis Einstein."

Parnevik is credited with having introduced fellow professional golfer Tiger Woods to Swedish au pair Elin Nordegren (previously employed by Parnevik), whom Woods would eventually marry. Parnevik subsequently stated in 2009 that he regrets his responsibility for this introduction after reports of Woods's infidelity surfaced that year.[12]

Professional wins (13)[edit]

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
110 Jul 1993Bell's Scottish Open−9 (64-66-70-71=271)5 strokesUnited States Payne Stewart
26 Aug 1995Volvo Scandinavian Masters−18 (67-67-69-67=270)5 strokesScotland Colin Montgomerie
315 Sep 1996Trophée Lancôme−12 (66-69-66-67=268)5 strokesScotland Colin Montgomerie
42 Aug 1998Volvo Scandinavian Masters−11 (67-65-71-70=273)3 strokesNorthern Ireland Darren Clarke

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11992Turespana Open de BalearesSpain Seve BallesterosLost to birdie on sixth extra hole

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
118 Jan 1998Phoenix Open−15 (68-68-66-67=269)3 strokesUnited States Tommy Armour III, United States Brent Geiberger,
United States Steve Pate, United States Tom Watson
225 Apr 1999Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic−23 (65-63-67-70=265)2 strokesUnited States Jim Furyk
323 Jan 2000Bob Hope Chrysler Classic−27 (69-67-66-64-65=331)1 strokeSouth Africa Rory Sabbatini
414 May 2000GTE Byron Nelson Classic−11 (70-65-68-66=269)PlayoffUnited States Davis Love III, United States Phil Mickelson
511 Mar 2001Honda Classic−18 (65-67-66-72=270)1 strokeUnited States Mark Calcavecchia, Australia Geoff Ogilvy,
New Zealand Craig Perks

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12000GTE Byron Nelson ClassicUnited States Davis Love III, United States Phil MickelsonWon with par on third extra hole
Mickelson eliminated with par on second extra hole
22007Valero Texas OpenUnited States Justin LeonardLost to birdie on third extra hole

Other wins (5)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament1993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPT21T31CUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPT48T14T17
The Open ChampionshipT212T24T44T2T4T10
PGA ChampionshipDNPCUTT20T5T45CUTT10
Tournament200020012002200320042005200620072008
Masters TournamentT40T20T39DNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTT30T54CUTDNPDNPDNPDNPT74
The Open ChampionshipT36T9T28DQDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT51T13CUTT34CUTT28CUTDNPDNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = Disqualified
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000275
U.S. Open00000286
The Open Championship0203571110
PGA Championship000124138
Totals02047153929

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Birth info from article in Allehanda.se". 14 March 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2011.  (Swedish)
  3. ^ Rubenstein, Lorne (9 August 1998). "Parnevik may soon be a major player". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  4. ^ "Henrik Stenson Wins the WGC-Accenture Match Play and Reaches World Number 5". Official World Golf Ranking. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Parnevik next in line for hip surgery". The Tuscaloosa News. 23 September 2000. p. 7C. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Parnevik's hip surgery will likely end his season". PGA Tour. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Parnevik has broken vertebrae, career in jeopardy". PGA Tour. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Dolch, Craig (10 January 2011). "Parnevik attempts comeback". PGA Tour. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Recent news on Jesper Parnevik – PGA Golfer". Rotoworld.com. 
  10. ^ Lawton, James (5 April 2005). "Volcanic dust puts Parnevik on different planet". The Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Who's Your Caddy – at IMDB.com
  12. ^ "Parnevik regrets Woods introduction". Rte.ie. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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