|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Jesper Bo Parnevik|
7 March 1965 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Residence||Jupiter, Florida, U.S.|
|College||Palm Beach Junior College|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T20: 2001|
|U.S. Open||T14: 1998|
|The Open Championship||2nd/T2: 1994, 1997|
|PGA Championship||T5: 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.
Parnevik was born in Botkyrka, Stockholm County, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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. He played the 2012 and 2013 seasons on a Medical Extension after suffering a severe injury to his right hand in a boating accident, with the consequences for his career being unknown.
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, opting for strawhats and visors 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. Puma Golf signed Jesper Parnevik in 2014 and he gets credited for his influence on their LUX Golf Appearel Line. Since wearing Puma Clothes he once again wears a custom made and more modern looking flipped bill hat. He is also known to eat volcanic dust as a dietary supplement. Parnevik's nickname on tour is "Spaceman".
Life outside golf
Parnevik has an eclectic acting career including a cameo in the 2007 comedy, Who's Your Caddy, 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.
Parnevik's family recorded a reality TV show in 2014 called Parneviks which will be aired beginning in March 2015 only in Sweden on Channel #TV3 and gives insights into his family life in Florida and Sweden.
Professional wins (14)
European Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||10 Jul 1993||Bell's Scottish Open||−9 (64-66-70-71=271)||5 strokes||Payne Stewart|
|2||6 Aug 1995||Volvo Scandinavian Masters||−18 (67-67-69-67=270)||5 strokes||Colin Montgomerie|
|3||15 Sep 1996||Trophée Lancôme||−12 (66-69-66-67=268)||5 strokes||Colin Montgomerie|
|4||2 Aug 1998||Volvo Scandinavian Masters||−11 (67-65-71-70=273)||3 strokes||Darren Clarke|
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1992||Turespana Open de Baleares||Seve Ballesteros||Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole|
PGA Tour wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||18 Jan 1998||Phoenix Open||−15 (68-68-66-67=269)||3 strokes|| Tommy Armour III, Brent Geiberger,
Steve Pate, Tom Watson
|2||25 Apr 1999||Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic||−23 (65-63-67-70=265)||2 strokes||Jim Furyk|
|3||23 Jan 2000||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||−27 (69-67-66-64-65=331)||1 stroke||Rory Sabbatini|
|4||14 May 2000||GTE Byron Nelson Classic||−11 (70-65-68-66=269)||Playoff||Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson|
|5||11 Mar 2001||Honda Classic||−18 (65-67-66-72=270)||1 stroke|| Mark Calcavecchia, Geoff Ogilvy,
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2000||GTE Byron Nelson Classic||Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson||Won with par on third extra hole
Mickelson eliminated with par on second extra hole
|2||2007||Valero Texas Open||Justin Leonard||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
Other wins (5)
- 1988 Ramlosa Trophy, Odensa Open (both Sweden), Open Passing Shot (France)
- 1990 Swedish Open International Stroke Play
- 1997 Johnnie Walker Super Tour
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T21||2||T24||T44||T2||T4||T10|
|The Open Championship||T36||T9||T28||DQ||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = Disqualified
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||2||0||3||5||7||11||10|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1995 Open Championship – 1998 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1999 Open Championship – 1999 PGA)
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Sweden): 1984, 1986
- St. Andrews Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 1986
- Europcar Cup: 1988 (winners)
- Dunhill Cup (representing Sweden): 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
- World Cup (representing Sweden): 1994, 1995
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1997 (winners), 1999, 2002 (winners)
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Birth info from article in Allehanda.se" (in Swedish). 14 March 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
- Rubenstein, Lorne (9 August 1998). "Parnevik may soon be a major player". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- "Henrik Stenson Wins the WGC-Accenture Match Play and Reaches World Number 5". Official World Golf Ranking. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Parnevik next in line for hip surgery". The Tuscaloosa News. 23 September 2000. p. 7C. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Parnevik's hip surgery will likely end his season". PGA Tour. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Parnevik has broken vertebrae, career in jeopardy". PGA Tour. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Dolch, Craig (10 January 2011). "Parnevik attempts comeback". PGA Tour. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Recent news on Jesper Parnevik – PGA Golfer". Rotoworld.com.
- Lawton, James (5 April 2005). "Volcanic dust puts Parnevik on different planet". The Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Who's Your Caddy – at IMDB.com
- "Parnevik regrets Woods introduction". Rte.ie. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Golf – Super Tour; Parnevik Wins By Four Shots". The New York Times. 15 December 1997.
- Jesper Parnevik at the PGA Tour official site
- Jesper Parnevik at the European Tour official site
- Jesper Parnevik at the Official World Golf Ranking official site