Golf Talk Live - Jesper Parnevik Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 28, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
 
NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A LITTLE RYDER CUP FROM SEPTEMBER OF '99, YOU AND THE WONDER KID, SERGIO.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT WAS ...

PETER KESSLER
 
DID YOU HAVE A LITTLE FUN TOGETHER?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT WAS AMAZING, WHAT FUN WE HAD.

(LAUGH) HE IS CRAZY, THAT KID.

PETER KESSLER
 
THAT'S INTERESTING COMING FROM YOU.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, HE'S A LIKE A FIRECRACKER. HE ...

PETER KESSLER
 
HOW MUCH FUN DO YOU HAVE PLAYING WITH HIM?

JESPER PARNEVIK

OH, I MEAN, IT WAS THE MOST I EVER HAD ON A GOLF COURSE, I WOULD SAY. THAT WEEK WAS AMAZING. AND JUST BEFORE THAT CHIP SHOT, IT WAS UH ...

YOU KNOW, THAT'S - THIS IS HOW MUCH YOU CAN GET INTO THE ZONE. IN THAT EVENT. I MEAN, I WAS PRETTY MUCH OUT OF THAT HOLE AND ... AND SERGIO WAS LEFT OF THE GREEN IN A BUNKER. AND WE PRETTY MUCH HAD TO MAKE PAR ON THE HOLE TO BEAT THOSE GUYS. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD MATCH.

AND UM, SO I HIT IT LEFT IN THE ROUGH, KNOCKED MY SECOND SHOT IN THE FAIRWAY TRAP, THEN HIT MY THIRD SHOT FAT OUT OF THE FAIRWAY TRAP. SO NOW I HAVE ABOUT 50 YARDS LEFT FOR MY PAR - PITCH OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.

AND ALL THE WAY THOUGH, I'M WALKING FROM THE BUNKER TO THIS BALL, I'M TELLING MY CADDIE, 'I GOT TO MAKE THIS. I GOT TO MAKE THIS. I GOT TO MAKE THIS.' AND ALL THE WAY I WALK UP THERE.

AND THEN WHEN I CHIP IT IN, I MEAN, YOU JUST GO CRAZY. BUT HE'S SUCH AN AMAZING ONE. HE'S A LOT OF FUN.

PETER KESSLER
 
HOW IS THE NERVOUSNESS FACTOR, EVEN THOUGH YOU'D PLAYED IN RYDER CUP BEFORE, ON THE FIRST TEE, FIRST DAY AFTER YOU PUT THE PEG IN THE GROUND?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, I MEAN, IT'S VERY NERVE WRECKING, OF COURSE. I MEAN UH, WE DECIDED - I MEAN, I WAS PLAYING WITH SERGIO THE FIRST DAY AS WELL. AND UH, WE JUST DECIDED I WAS GOING TO TEE OFF FIRST BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA FEEL A LOT OF BUTTERFLIES ON THE FIRST HOLE NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE CROWD IS WILD, UH BEYOND WILD, I MEAN, THEY ARE REALLY NUTS OUT THERE, SO YOU JUST HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, HIT AND HOPE, ...

HOPE YOU GET SOMEWHERE DOWN THE FAIRWAY AND UH JUST TAKE IT FROM THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT WAS THE MOOD AFTER THE RYDER CUP WAS OVER AMONG YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATES, AND IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ANY CLOSER THAN IT WAS?

JESPER PARNEVIK

WELL ... UH ... WELL, IT WAS GOOD IN A SENSE. I MEAN, EVERYBODY WAS FULL OF SPIRIT. THEY KNEW THAT THEY HAD A LOT OF GOOD TIMES DURING THAT WEEK. I MEAN UH, WE HAD A GREAT TIME TOGETHER. IT WAS A GREAT TEAM.

BUT OF COURSE, EVERYBODY WAS, YOU KNOW, VERY DISAPPOINTED, VERY UM ... LITTLE BIT SADDENED BY WHAT - EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED AND SO ON. BUT UM, YOU KNOW, APART FROM THAT, WE HAD A GREAT WEEK THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
DUE TO THE CURIOUS POLITICS OF PROFESSIONAL GOLF, YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR RIGHT NOW.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET ON THE NEXT RYDER CUP TEAM? YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF - OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR AGAIN, RIGHT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
YEAH, I'M GONNA USE MY UM, RYDER CUP EXEMPTION. ACTUALLY THEY HAVE A CATEGORY THAT YOU GET TWO YEARS EXEMPTION IF YOU WERE A RYDER CUP TEAM MEMBER.

SO I'M JUST GONNA PICK UP MY MEMBERSHIP AGAIN IN 2001 BECAUSE I DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO MISS THE NEXT RYDER CUP.

PETER KESSLER
 
WE WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT THE SELECTION WAS FOR ANDREW COLTART AND NOT FOR BERNHARD LANGER ... AS A WILD PICK?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH ... YEAH, I WAS A LITTLE BIT. I MEAN UH, THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG, NEW GUYS ON THE TEAM ALREADY. UH, I THINK THERE WERE ONLY THREE OR FOUR GUYS THAT EVER PLAYED IN THE RYDER CUP BEFORE.

AND UH, THAT - THAT FOR HIM TO GO WITH ANOTHER 'FRESH ONE', SO TO SPEAK, I THINK SURPRISED A LOT OF US ... EVEN THOUGH I THINK ANDREW IS A VERY, VERY GOOD PLAYER AND BERNHARD WAS NOT PLAYING HIS BEST AT - AT THAT RIGHT TIME.

BUT ANYONE THAT KNOWS BERNHARD THOUGH, WHEN IT GETS TO MATCH PLAY, HE CAN GRIND IT OUT.

PETER KESSLER
 
JEAN VAN DE VELDE WAS PARTICULARLY UPSET AFTER THE MATCHES THAT HE WASN'T USED UNTIL THE SINGLES ON SUNDAY AND NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO GET INTO ANY KIND OF A RHYTHM AND ...

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
 
YOU KNOW, AND THAT HE WAS USED AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT ONLY BECAUSE HE HAD TO BE USED ON THE SUNDAY. WHAT'S YOUR SENSE OF THAT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH ... I DON'T THINK ... WELL, PRETTY MUCH AFTERWARDS, MAYBE HE - HE FELT THAT WAY. BUT DURING THE ACTUAL TOURNAMENT, WE DID NOT SENSE ANYTHING FROM ANY OF THE PLAYERS THAT, 'CAUSE THEY WERE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF NOT BEING CHOSEN TO PLAY

EITHER ON ... ON FRIDAY OR - OR SATURDAY. I MEAN, JARMO, FOR EXAMPLE, I MEAN, HE WAS OUT THERE CLAPPING, SCREAMING HIS LUNGS OUT. HE DIDN'T HAVE A VOICE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

AND UH, BUT I CAN SEE HIS POINT THOUGH THAT WHEN YOU GET TO THE RYDER CUP, YOU FOUGHT FOR IT, YOU KNOW, FOR THE WHOLE YEAR, AND NOW YOU REALLY WANT TO SHOW WHAT YOU CAN.

AND UH, TO BE - JUST COME OUT AND PLAY ON SUNDAY IS A VERY, VERY TOUGH TASK BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SIT AND WATCH FOR TWO DAYS, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE OUT PLAYING A FEW HOLES JUST TO FOR - TO GET THE FEEL FOR IT,

YOU REALLY WANT TO GET, YOU KNOW, ONE FOOT IN BEFORE YOU GET INTO THAT SUNDAY MATCH.

PETER KESSLER
 
LET'S FIND OUT WHAT GUS IN CALIFORNIA WANTS TO ASK YOU. GO AHEAD, GUS.

GUS, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA (MALE):
UH JESPER, I JUST WANT TO FIND OUT IF ... IF YOU HADN'T BECOME A GOLFER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING NOW?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
IF I WAS NOT A GOLFER, I WOULD HAVE MY OWN TALK SHOW ON THE GOLF CHANNEL AND HASSLE ALL THE GOLFERS. THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR ME. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
 
ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, THERE'S LIKE A SLOT, LIKE A 12 TO 2, THAT YOU COULD FILL.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH YEAH? ALRIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
 
YEAH, AND IT COULD BE A LITTLE BIT OFF COLOR IF YOU LIKE IT.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OKAY (LAUGH).

PETER KESSLER
 
EVERYBODY'D BE TUNING IN. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. AS WE LEAVE, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CAREER STATS OF JESPER PARNEVIK.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
JESPER PARNEVIK
SELECTED CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- FIRST SWEDE TO WIN A EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT IN SWEDEN (1995 SCANDINAVIAN MASTERS)
- 5-2-3 IN 2 RYDER CUP APPEARANCES
- FINISHED TOP-25 IN 10 OF 19 PROFESSIONAL MAJOR APPEARANCES INCLUDING 2ND IN 1994 & 1997 BRITISH OPENS )

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Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.


1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.