Golf Talk Live - Jesper Parnevik Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 28, 2000, 5:00 pm
(TV COMMERCIAL CLIP BEGINS)
TV COMMERCIAL NARRATOR (MALE):
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AND OUR VARIABLE FACE THICKNESS TECHNOLOGY FOR MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I ONLY HAVE ONE PROBLEM: I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT GOES WITH THIS SHADE OF BLUE.

TV COMMERCIAL NARRATOR (MALE):
THE STEELHEAD PLUS DRIVER AND FAIRWAY WOODS, ONLY FROM CALLAWAY GOLF. WE'RE TAKING STEEL FARTHER.

(SIGN SHOWN:
CALLAWAY
GOLF
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JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GONNA DO.
(TV COMMERCIAL ENDS)

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW THE RUMOR MILL SAYS THAT WAS YOUR IDEA, THAT LAST SHOT.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, ACTUALLY THE WHOLE COMMERCIAL WAS, KIND OF. THEY HAD AN IDEA TO DO SOMETHING WITH UM, THE CLOTHING AND SO ON. BUT,

I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE THE INITIAL IDEA THEY HAD BECAUSE UM ... YOU KNOW, THEY WANTED TO MORE LIKE MAKE FUN OF THE CLOTHES AND SO ON. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I REALLY LOVE THE CLOTHES I'M WEARING. SO I WANTED TO DO THE COMMERCIAL THIS WAY INSTEAD

WHERE I KIND OF TRIED TO MATCH IT AGAINST MY OUTFITS AND SO ON. AND THEN, THE ENDING WAS JUST LIKE A FUNNY ENDING, THAT OFF-THE-WALL ENDING.

PETER KESSLER
 
SO YOU'RE SORT OF PRODUCING AND DIRECTING AND WRITING A LITTLE BIT. YOU'RE PLAYING WITH THIS, AREN'T YOU?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, I MEAN, I LIKE TO GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMERCIALS I DO. I MEAN UH, I DON'T WANT TO JUST TURN UP AT THE SET AND THEY GIVE ME A LINE TO READ AND THEN I WALK OFF BECAUSE

I THINK THE COMMERCIAL TURNS OUT A LOT BETTER WHEN YOU'RE INVOLVED IN IT BECAUSE YOU GIVE ... YOU KNOW, THERE'S MORE HEART IN IT AND SO ON. SO I REALLY ENJOY COMING UP WITH CRAZY IDEAS AND SO ON, AND THEN TAPING IT ON - ON FILM.

PETER KESSLER
 
SPEAKING OF CRAZY IDEAS, WHY DON'T WE CHECK OUT ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR CRAZY IDEAS.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
ANOTHER ONE ... HERE WE GO.

PETER KESSLER
 
GO AHEAD.

(TV COMMERCIAL CLIP BEGINS)
TV COMMERCIAL NARRATOR (MALE):
SOME PLAYERS ARE WINNERS ON THE PGA TOUR.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I'VE DONE THAT.

TV COMMERCIAL NARRATOR (MALE):
SOME HAVE WON BOTH ON THE PGA TOUR AND THE SENIOR PGA TOUR.

BOB MURPHY, GOLFER (MALE):
I'VE DONE THAT.

TV COMMERCIAL NARRATOR (MALE):
BUT TO BE A WINNER ON THE PGA TOUR, THE SENIOR PGA TOUR, AND THE LPGA TOUR, WELL, THEN YOU EITHER HAVE TO GO THROUGH A SEX CHANGE OR BE A VITAMIN CALLED 'LIFIZZ'.

LIFIZZ IS THE OFFICIAL VITAMIN OF THE PGA TOUR, SENIOR PGA TOUR, AND LPGA TOUR.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I THINK WE CAN DO THIS.

BOB MURPHY, GOLFER (MALE):
I'M JUST NOT SURE ABOUT THIS, JESPER. I'M - I'M JUST NOT.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
BOB, YOU LOOK GREAT. I MEAN, THAT LIPSTICK IS REALLY YOU.

BOB MURPHY, GOLFER (MALE):
AH ... OH MY.

(SIGN SHOWN:
LIFIZZ
EFFERVESCENT VITAMINS )
(TV COMMERCIAL ENDS)

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW, NOT EVERYBODY FOUND THAT PARTICULARLY HILARIOUS, RIGHT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, NO. BUT UH, IT WAS JUST SOMETHING WE CAME UP WITH PRETTY MUCH RIGHT THERE. AND UH, BOB MURPHY, AS YOU KNOW, I MEAN, HE'S A REALLY GREAT GUY,

AND UH, JUST FOR HIM TO, YOU KNOW, DARE TO DO THE THING, I THOUGHT IT WAS - HE SHOWED A LOT OF GUTS. AND WE HAD A LOT OF FUN DOING IT.

PETER KESSLER
 
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT IS FOR MORE PEOPLE NOT TO BEHAVE EXACTLY LIKE YOU DO, BECAUSE THEY BROKE THE MOLD AFTER YOU WERE BORN,

BUT TO SHOW MORE THEIR PERSONALITY AND BE A LITTLE LESS SERIOUS IF IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE QUALITY OF THEIR GOLF WHILE THEY'RE GIVING US A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THEM?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, I MEAN, IT NEVER HURTS, OF COURSE. I MEAN UM, YOU HAVE - YOU CAN LOOK AT IT TWO WAYS. I MEAN, EITHER YOU'RE JUST LOOK AT IT AS, YOU KNOW, I LET THE CLUB DO MY ... DO THE TALKING AND - AND SO ON,

AND IF I'M GOOD ENOUGH, I DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE. BUT UH, ON THE OTHER HAND, GOLF IS A LITTLE BIT OF UM, ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SAME TIME. AND YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT THAT MUCH YOU HAVE TO DO REALLY.

YOU HAVE TO INTERACT A LITTLE BIT WITH THE CROWD AND SO ON. BUT YOU KNOW, IT NEVER HURTS TO DO THAT BECAUSE THAT'S GONNA MAKE GOLF MORE POPULAR THAN IT IS NOW. AND GOLF IS REALLY BOOMING RIGHT NOW AS YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW I UNDERSTAND BEFORE YOUR DAUGHTER, PEBBLE PEACH, WAS BORN LAST YEAR, WHICH SOUNDS LIKE A 60'S KIND OF A NAME,

THAT YOUR WIFE, THE OTHER PRACTICAL JOKER IN YOUR FAMILY, CALLED YOU UP AND SAID THAT YOU WERE HAVING TWINS. NOW ...

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT WAS UH ... YEAH, THAT WAS ACTUALLY AT ATLANTA LAST YEAR AND A WEEK BEFORE AUGUSTA. AND I'M DRIVING OFF THE GOLF COURSE, JUST FINISHED MY ROUND, AND SHE CALLS ME ON MY MOBILE PHONE.

AND SHE SAYS, 'OH JESPER, I MEAN, I'VE BEEN TO DOCTOR THIS MORNING. AND YOU KNOW, WE DID ALL THE CHECK-UPS AND ... BUT I THINK YOU BETTER PULL TO THE SIDE. I MEAN, I HAVE UNBELIEVABLE NEWS FOR YOU.'

AND I GO, 'WOW, WHAT HAPPENED NOW? SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG.' AND UM, SO PULLED TO THE SIDE. AND SHE GOES, 'WELL, I WAS THERE AND EVERYTHING WAS NATURAL. BUT THEY HEARD AN EXTRA HEART BEAT.'

AND I GO, I DIDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, 'SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN AN EXTRA HEART BEAT?' 'WELL, WE'RE GONNA HAVE TWINS.' AND I GO, 'OH BOY'. I MEAN, I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS ALREADY.

SO I GO, 'OH, SO DID THEY TELL YOU WHAT IT WAS.' 'YEAH, TWO MORE DAUGHTERS.' AND I WENT, 'HOLY COW ...'

I MEAN, FOUR - FOUR GIRLS AGAINST ME, I MEAN, IT'S GONNA BE A TOUGH TIME. BUT UM, THAT WAS ... THAT MUST HAVE BEEN 1ST OF APRIL. YEAH, THAT WAS FOR THE APRIL FOOL'S DAY.

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW, WAS THAT BEFORE OR AFTER YOU FOUND OUT, SERIOUSLY, THAT YOU HAD AN IRREGULAR HEART BEAT AND YOU SHOULDN'T BE SHOCKED THAT WAY?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
WELL UH, THAT I FOUND OUT ACTUALLY MANY YEARS AGO. I THINK I WAS AROUND UM 20 YEARS OLD WHEN I FIRST FELT THAT IT WAS NOT - SOMETHING WAS GOING ON WITH MY HEART.

AND UM, I SAW SOME DOCTORS BACK THEN. AND THEY UH, PRESCRIBED FOR ME BETA-BLOCKERS BACK THEN, UM, WHICH I DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE. SO I NEVER USED THEM BECAUSE UH I NEVER REALLY FELT LIKE, YOU KNOW, MEDICATION IS THE ANSWER.

I WANTED TO SOLVE IT NATURALLY AND SO ON. AND THEN I THINK IT WAS AT TPC LAST YEAR, I STARTED FEELING THAT IT GOT WORSE. AND IT'S MOSTLY FROM STRESS AND UH, JUST BEING TIRED.

AND UM, IT WAS NOT JUST AN IRREGULAR HEART BEAT ANYMORE. IT WAS UM, FEELING LIKE YOU'RE GONNA REALLY HAVE A HEART ATTACK. AND THAT JUST KEPT GOING ALL SUMMER LONG.

AND THAT REALLY MADE ME, YOU KNOW, DECIDE TO TAKE THE REST OF THE YEAR OFF, WHICH WAS A GOOD - GOOD DECISION RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
 
HOW ARE YOU? AND WHAT DO DOCTORS SAY ABOUT YOU?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, I FEEL A LOT BETTER NOW. I MEAN, I WORE A SO-CALLED HEART MONITOR FOR UH 2 MONTHS. AND THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS WHEN YOU TRY TO PICK SOMETHING UP, WITH AN IRREGULAR HEART BEAT, IS THAT

YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE HEART MONITOR ON WHEN YOU GET THE SO-CALLED ATTACK. AND THAT'S VERY, VERY HARD TO TIME BECAUSE UH IT TAKES ABOUT 60 SECONDS TO TURN THE HEART MONITOR ON.

SO THAT'S WHY IT'S VERY HARD TO SAY, BECAUSE YOU GO AND SEE A LOT OF DOCTORS AND THEY SAY, 'WELL, THERE'S NOTHING WITH YOU. WE CAN'T FIND ANYTHING.'

BUT YOU KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU. AND THAT'S REALLY THE DILEMMA I HAD. AND I THINK THAT'S WHY, AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER, I MEAN, WAY BACK, I'VE BEEN SO INTERESTED IN,

YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT WAYS OF NATURAL HEALING, VITAMINS, HERBS, AND ALL THAT, JUST TO GET ME IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE BECAUSE I THINK I FELT THAT SOMETHING WAS NOT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY THOUGH, RIGHT? YOUR MOM HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM AND SHE'S FINE, RIGHT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
YEAH, MY MOM HAS THE SAME PROBLEM. YEAH, YEAH, SHE'S - BUT SHE'S BEEN WORRIED ABOUT IT FOR 30 YEARS NOW. SHE GOES TO SEE THE DOCTOR EVERY WEEK.

BUT UH, THEY SAY THE SAME THING, 'YOU'RE FINE.' BUT IT'S JUST THE UM, YOU KNOW, THE SCENARIO WHERE YOU DON'T - REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING THAT SCARES YOU. BUT RIGHT NOW, I FEEL A LOT BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
 
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. AND WE'RE GONNA TELL EVERYBODY HOW TO ORDER LIFIZZ,

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
LIFE IS GREAT. TELL THEM.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHICH WE SHOWED YOU, THAT HAPPY COMMERCIAL, 800-883-2099. AGAIN, IT'S JESPER'S COMPANY, JESPER'S VITAMIN. IT WORKS, EVERYBODY LOVES IT, THE OFFICIAL VITAMIN OF ALL OF THE TOURS, I THINK.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
 
800-883-2099. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(SIGN SHOWN AT BOTTOM:
TO ORDER:
1-800-883-2099
lifizz.com)

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.

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Beef's beer goggles: Less drinks = more wins

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

An offseason spent soul searching is apparently paying quick dividends for Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who is in contention to win Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Johnston acknowledged he was “burning the candle at both ends” last year, playing both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, but he told reporters Saturday that it wasn’t too much golf that hindered his efforts.

It was too much “socializing.”

“I'm a social person,” Johnston said. “If you go out with friends, or you get invited to something, I'll have a beer, please. But I probably had a few too many beers, I would say, to be honest. And it reflected in my golf, and I was disappointed looking back at it. I want to turn that around and have a good season.”

Johnston posted a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, moving into a tie for sixth, three shots off the lead. He said he arrived in Abu Dhabi a week early to prepare for his first start of the new year. It’s paying off with a Sunday chance to win his second European Tour title.

“Last year was crazy, and like getting distracted, and things like that,” Johnston said. “You don't know it's happened until you've finished the season. You’re off doing things and you're burning the candle at both ends. When I got back from last season, sort of had time to reflect on it, I sort of said to myself, 'You've got to keep quiet and keep disciplined and get on with your work.’”


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Johnston finished 189th last year in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. He was 116th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

Johnston’s fun-loving personality, his scruffy beard and his big-bodied shape quickly made him one of the most popular and entertaining players in the game when he earned his PGA Tour card before the 2016-17 season. Golf Digest called him a “quirky outlier,” and while he has had fun with that persona, Johnston is also intent on continuing to prove he belongs among the game’s best players.

His plan for doing that?

“Just put the work in,” he said. “I didn’t put enough work in last year. It’s simple. It showed. So, just get down, knuckle down and practice hard.”

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McIlroy making big statement in first start of 2018

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 3:40 pm

Rory McIlroy marched the fairways of Abu Dhabi Golf Club Saturday with that fighter pilot stride of his, with that confident little bob in his step that you see when he is in command of his full arsenal of shots.

So much for easing into the new year.

So much for working off rust and treating these first few months of 2018 as a warmup for the Masters and his bid to complete the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy, 28, is poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

With back-to-back birdies to close his round, McIlroy put up a 7-under-par 65, leaving him just one shot off the lead going into the final round.

“It’s good,” McIlroy said. “I probably scored a bit better today, short game was needed as well, but I hit the ball very well, so all in all it was another great round and confidence builder, not just for this week but obviously for the rest of the season as well.”

McIlroy can make a strong statement with a win Sunday.

If he claims the title in his first start of the year, he sends a message about leaving all the woes of 2017 behind him. He sends a message about his fitness after a nagging rib injury plagued him all of last year. He sends a message about his readiness to reassert himself as the game’s best player in a world suddenly teeming with towering young talent.

After his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro, McIlroy is eager to show himself, as well as everyone else, that he is ready to challenge for major championships and the world No. 1 title again.

“It feels like awhile since I’ve won,” McIlroy said. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


A victory would be all the more meaningful because the week started with McIlroy paired with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and reigning European Tour Player of the Year Tommy Fleetwood.

McIlroy acknowledged the meaning of that going into Saturday’s round.

“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent healthy,” he said. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and one of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”

It’s worth repeating what 2008 Masters champ Trevor Immelman said last month about pairings and the alpha-dog nature of the world’s best players. He was talking about Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge, when Immelman said pairings matter, even in off season events.

“When you are the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Immelman said. “They want to show this guy, `This is what I got.’”

A victory with Johnson in the field just two weeks after Johnson won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in an eight-shot rout will get the attention of all the elite players.

A victory also sets this up as a January for the ages, making it the kind of big-bang start the game has struggled to create in the shadow of the NFL playoffs.

Johnson put on a tour-de-force performance winning in Hawaii and the confident young Spaniard Jon Rahm is just a shot off the lead this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour. Sergio Garcia is just two off the lead going into the final round of the Singapore Open. Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines next week.

To be sure, McIlroy has a lot of work to do Sunday.

Yet another rising young talent, Thomas Pieters, shares the lead with Ross Fisher. Fleetwood is just two shots back and Johnson five back.

McIlroy has such a good history at Abu Dhabi. Over the last seven years, he has finished second four times and third twice. Still, even a strong finish that falls short of winning bodes well for McIlroy in his first start of the year.

“I have never won my first start back out,” McIlroy said.

A strong start, whether he wins or not, sets McIlroy up well for the ambitious schedule he plans for 2018. He’s also scheduled to play the Dubai Desert Classic next with the possibility he’ll play 30 times this year, two more events than he’s ever played in a year.

“I’m just really getting my golf head back on,” McIlroy said. “I’ve been really pleased with that.”

A victory Sunday will make all our heads spin a little b it with the exciting possibilities the game offers this year.

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Garcia 2 back in weather-delayed Singapore Open

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 3:06 pm

SINGAPORE - Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat built a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack that includes Sergio Garcia and Ryo Ishikawa midway through the third round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.

The Thai golfers were locked together at 9 under when play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Club for the third day in a row because of lightning strikes in the area.

Masters champion Garcia and former teen prodigy Ishikawa were among seven players leading the chase at 7 under on a heavily congested leaderboard.

Garcia, one of 78 players who returned to the course just after dawn to complete their second rounds, was on the 10th hole of his third round when the warning siren was sounded to abruptly end play for the day.

''Let's see if we can finish the round, that will be nice,'' he said. ''But I think if I can play 4-under I should have a chance.''

The Spanish golfer credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his first major championship title at Augusta National because of the stifling humidity of southeast Asia and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore in 2017, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the subsequent week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. He is feeling confident of his chances of success this weekend.

''I felt like I hit the ball OK,'' Garcia said. ''My putting and all went great but my speed hasn't been great on this green so let's see if I can be a little more aggressive on the rounds this weekend.''

Ishikawa moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage after firing a second round of 5-under 66 that featured eight birdies. He birdied the first two holes of his third round to grab the outright lead but slipped back with a double-bogey at the tricky third hole for the third day in a row. He dropped another shot at the par-5 sixth when he drove into a fairway bunker.

''It was a short night but I had a good sleep and just putted well,'' Ishikawa said. The ''greens are a little quicker than yesterday but I still figured (out) that speed.

Ishikawa was thrust into the spotlight more than a decade ago. In 2007, he became the youngest player to win on any of the major tours in the world. He was a 15-year-old amateur when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.

He turned pro at 16, first played in the Masters when he was 17 and the Presidents Cup when he was 18. He shot 58 in the final round to win The Crowns in Japan when he was 19.

Now 26, Ishikawa has struggled with injuries and form in recent years. He lost his PGA Tour card and hasn't played in any of the majors since 2015. He has won 15 times as a professional, but has never won outside his homeland of Japan.

Chapchai was able to sleep in and put his feet up on Saturday morning after he completed his second round on Friday.

He bogeyed the third but reeled off three birdies in his next four holes to reach 9-under with the back nine still to play.

Danthai was tied for 12th at the halfway stage but charged into a share of the lead with seven birdies in the first 15 holes of his penultimate round.