Parnevik staying out of the Woods loop

By Doug FergusonJanuary 13, 2010, 7:34 am
HONOLULU – Jesper Parnevik is trying to stay out of the loop when it comes to Tiger Woods’ marriage so he won’t say anything he might regret.

No other PGA Tour player had such a personal stake in Woods’ infidelity than Parnevik, who once employed Woods’ wife, Elin, as a nanny and was responsible for introducing them.

Woods has not been seen in public in two months, and Parnevik said Tuesday he doesn’t know if they will stay together.

“I’ve kind of stayed out of it,” he said at the Sony Open, his first tournament of the year. “It’s better that people don’t approach me if I don’t know anything. That way I don’t say anything that I shouldn’t have. Like if she told me something and I let it slip out. It’s better that I don’t know, so I can say, ‘I don’t know.’

“I have an idea through my wife,” Parnevik said. “But I don’t want to be the one who says something wrong.”

Asked if he thought Woods could stay married, Parnevik smiled and said, “That’s what I mean. I can’t say.”

Parnevik, a five-time winner on tour, expressed outrage when allegations of Woods’ extramarital affairs were revealed in December. He told a Swedish newspaper he had lost all respect for golf’s No. 1 player as a man and a father, and regretted introducing the couple. “We thought better of him, but he is not the one we thought he was,” he told the Aftonbladet.

Parnevik said he has received mail over the last month from fans that applauded him for not sugarcoating his feelings about Woods.

“That was more of a personal case,” he said. “If I would have said something politically correct, I don’t think I could have looked Elin in the eye.”

Parnevik said he was shocked to hear of the infidelity, and had long defended Woods against the odd rumor of an affair.

“More and more, you hear guys say, ‘We knew about it.’ I had no idea,” he said. “Actually, I heard people sometimes say, ‘We say Tiger, we heard that Tiger had two blondes around his arm and I would say, ‘No way, that was Elin and her sister.’ Every story I said, ‘That can’t be right. Tiger would never do anything like that.’ It was a big shock for me.”

Parnevik had to take a one-time exemption from being among the top 50 in career money to get his PGA Tour card this year. He had surgery on his right hip about six months ago and did not play a tournament until Q-school in December, when he withdrew before the six rounds were over because he wasn’t ready.

Woods has taken an indefinite break from golf while he tries to salvage his family. There has been no indication from anyone when he might return to the PGA Tour.

Parnevik was asked what it would be like to pass Woods in the locker room.

“Of course, we’re going to have to chat,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to have to compete against each other.”

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.