Notes Tiger Comes to Jespers Rescue

By Associated PressApril 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jesper Parnevik brought a week's worth of his outrageous outfits to the Masters. And he made sure his wife, four children, nannies and friends were all accounted for.
 
But when he arrived at Augusta National, he realized he left something behind: his golf clubs.
 
``I flat out forgot them in the garage,'' Parnevik said Monday. ``I don't know how you could go to Augusta and leave them in the garage, but I managed to do that.

``I will make history one way or another. I'm sure I'm the only one who's ever done that.''
 
Parnevik pleaded chaos in his defense.
 
He had to lease two private planes to get his crew to Augusta. He wasn't in charge of loading the luggage, and a set of clubs did make the trip -- but they belonged to his business partner, Chris Rosen.
 
Only after a call to his neighbor in Jupiter, Fla., did the Swede confirm his clubs were still in the garage.
 
Parnevik called an old friend -- Tiger Woods -- to return a favor .
 
Woods was in Palm Beach County, and agreed to swing by Parnevik's house to pick up his clubs. He brought them Monday morning, and all was well in the zany world of Parnevik.
 
``I called him up and asked he could do it,'' Parnevik said. ``After he laughed for about 10 minutes, he said, 'I'll do it.' Everything worked out.''
 
Woods didn't even charge him a courier's fee.
 
Then again, Woods is still in debt, because it was the Parneviks who introduced him to his future wife, Elin Nordegren, once a nanny for the Parnevik kids.
 
``I still think I'm on the credit side with him,'' Parnevik said. ``I have a few mishaps to go without being even.''
 
HOLE-IN-THREE
John Daly usually tries to give the crowd on the par-3 16th a show by skipping a ball across the water to the green. On Monday, he went one better, and gave them something to really cheer about.
 
Daly hit two shots off the tee to positions he thought the pin might be when the Masters begins. Then he teed up a third and aimed at the pin.
 
The 9-iron hit, sucked up and went into the hole. It might not have qualified for a hole-in-one, but the crowd gathered for the first practice round of the week went wild anyway.
 
``I didn't think it would go in the hole, but it did,'' Daly said.
 
Darren Clarke was playing the back nine when he heard the commotion.
 
``You don't quite hear roars like that on Monday at any other tournament,'' Clarke said.
 
SUMMERALL CAMEO
The voice of Pat Summerall will be part of the Masters' television coverage.
 
Although CBS Sports does not plan to tout its 50th consecutive year broadcasting the Masters, president Sean McManus said Summerall will make a cameo appearance as the voice who introduces the network's coverage.
 
``Every year we do our billboard copy -- 'CBS Sports proudly presents ... ' -- and we normally use a professional announcer who does other billboard copy,'' McManus said. ``We asked Pat Summerall to do that this year.''
 
Summerall broadcast more Masters than anyone else -- years from 1968 to 1994 -- when he switched over to Fox Sports to continue his NFL coverage.
 
CBS Sports begins its coverage on Saturday -- the one-year anniversary of Summerall undergoing successful liver transplant surgery.
 
WHAT A HOOT
John Daly finally got together with Hooters.
 
Daly, who has been selling his merchandise from a trailer parked outside Hooters' restaurants, signed a deal with the Atlanta-based restaurant on Tuesday. He will wear the Hooters owl logo on his apparel and golf bag.
 
``It's really a perfect fit for me,'' Daly said in a statement.
 
Following his practice round at Augusta National, Daly had already turned into a pitchman.
 
``I think the food is some of the best I've had -- not just wings, but sandwiches,'' Daly said. ``And if you want a nice cold beer, they have that, too.''
 
FRANCO'S FOLLY
Carlos Franco was getting in plenty of practice off the first tee Monday. The way he was hitting it, it looked like he needed it.
 
Franco duck-hooked his first tee shot into the trees on the left, causing a few stray spectators to jump out of the way. He reloaded and sprayed it even farther this time, except it went way right.
 
Franco reached into his bag and pulled out a different driver, drawing chuckles from the crowd. He gave them even more of a laugh by threatening to pull out a weighted swing aid and hit with that.
 
He then hit his second driver into the fairway bunker, drawing applause from the crowd for at least coming close.
 
DIVOTS
Fred Funk was spotted wearing a shirt with Chevron, Texaco and Caltex logos on the chest. ``It's a one-week deal that I signed four weeks ago,'' Funk said. ``They're at one of the hotels, and I'm doing a talk for them. It's just for a week, and if they like it, we might move forward.'' ... Fanny Sunnesson is back at Augusta National. The longtime caddie for Nick Faldo has retired, but she is working this week for Ian Poulter, whose caddie's wife is having a baby. Her last job was on the LPGA Tour, working two weeks for Michelle Wie.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

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    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

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    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

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