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JESPER PARNEVIK MAY NOT HAVE LEARNED MUCH ABOUT MAKING GREAT GOLF SWINGS FROM SWEDEN'S MOST CELEBRATED COMIC, WHO HAPPENS TO BE HIS FATHER, BO,

BUT HE DID ABSORB LESSONS ABOUT SHOWMANSHIP AND THEATRICS. MEET WORLD CLASS GOLFER AND WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINER, JESPER PARNEVIK, NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

(GTL MUSIC/INTRO BEGINS)

WE USED TO FIND JESPER PARNEVIK AMUSING.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
(VIDEO CLIP)
IT'S NOT THAT I AM A COMPLETE LUNATIC.

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW WE FIND HIM COMPELLING. WE USED TO APPRECIATE HIS STYLE. NOW WE APPRECIATE HIS SUBSTANCE.

WE USED TO EXPECT HIM TO BE A SUPPORTING PLAYER ON BIG OCCASIONS. NOW WE EXPECT HIM IN THE CENTER OF EVERY BIG BATTLE.

TOM WATSON DIDN'T WIN RIGHT AWAY. AND IT TOOK HOGAN ALMOST A DECADE TO NOTCH HIS FIRST TOUR VICTORY.

PARNEVIK HAD TO SLOWLY WORK HIS WAY INTO A ZONE OF COMFORT. AND HE LEARNED TO MAKE QUALITY DECISIONS UNDER PRESSURE ...

WINNING AT PHOENIX IN '98, WINNING AT GREENSBORO IN '99, WINNING THE HOPE IN 2000.

HE WAS THE PERFECT FOIL (AS IN FENCING) AND PARTNER FOR SERGIO GARCIA IN '99 RYDER CUP PLAY. AND HE DOESN'T SEEM TO GET IN HIS OWN WAY ANYMORE.

AND HE KNOWS IF YOU'RE GONNA DRESS LIKE THIS, YOU'D BETTER PLAY ...

LIKE THAT.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, JESPER PARNEVIK.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
 
GREAT TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
 
YOUR DAD'S THE MOST FAMOUS COMIC IN SWEDEN. AND IN THE 20TH CENTURY, BOB HOPE, ARGUABLY, HAS BEEN THE MOST FAMOUS AND ENDURING COMEDIAN.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT DID YOUR DAD THINK WHEN YOU WON MR. HOPE'S GOLF TOURNAMENT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, I MEAN, OF COURSE, HE WAS VERY PROUD. I MEAN UM, I REMEMBER EVER SINCE I CAME OVER HERE IN '85 TO UM, JOIN PALM BEACH UNITY COLLEGE FOR A - FOR A SEMESTER,

MOSTLY TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE BUT, OF COURSE, JUST TO PLAY GOLF, AND HE HAD ME TAPE EVERY NIGHT, YOU KNOW, ALL THE GOOD COMEDIANS FROM THE UNITED STATIONS BECAUSE HE WANTED TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE DOING OVER HERE AND SO ON.

AND HE'S ALWAYS LOVED THE OLD GUYS, YOU KNOW, LIKE ... LIKE BOB HOPE, THE SMOTHER BROTHERS WERE ANOTHER PARODY THAT HE REALLY LOVED, AND YOU KNOW, BILL COSBY, GUYS LIKE THAT, ...

THE OLD SCHOOL WHERE JOKES WERE A LITTLE BIT CLEANER, LITTLE BIT UM, LITTLE BIT MORE THOUGHT BEHIND IT. AND UM, SO THAT'S WHAT I DID ALL NIGHT, YOU KNOW, TAPED ALL THOSE TAPES.

PETER KESSLER
 
SOME DADS FIND IT HARD TO SAY, 'I'M PROUD OF YOU, SON.' IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR DAD DOESN'T HAVE TROUBLE DOING THAT WITH YOU. IS THAT TRUE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH NO, BECAUSE HE ... YOU KNOW, HE'D GROWN UP - I'D GROWN UP IN THE LIMELIGHT, AND HE'S BEEN IN LIMELIGHT THE WHOLE OF HIS LIFE. SO HE KNOWS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

AND UM, YOU KNOW, I LEARNED A LOT FROM THAT AND UH, WE HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP TOGETHER. I MEAN, HE'S ALWAYS TRIED ALL THESE JOKES OUT ON US, IN THE FAMILY, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE A VERY TOUGH CROWD.

BUT UH, YEAH, WE HAVE A GREAT UH RELATIONSHIP, ALL - EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY. AND HE'S PROBABLY GONNA BE OVER HERE SHORTLY, MAYBE FOR - EVEN FOR AUGUSTA.

PETER KESSLER
 
DOES HE STILL TEASE YOU THAT HE'S MORE FAMOUS IN SWEDEN THAN YOU ARE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH YEAH, I MEAN, HE STILL LOVES THAT, OF COURSE. BUT UH, I'M GETTING CLOSER. I'M GETTING CLOSER. I MEAN UH, I THINK IT WAS AFTER THE TURNBERRY BRITISH OPEN THAT HE ACTUALLY, FIRST TIME, HE SAT DOWN ON THE FLIGHT NEXT TO THIS OLD LADY.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, I JUST LOST TO UH NICK PRICE. YOU KNOW, HE BEAT ME BY ONE. AND UM, SO HE SITS DOWN AND I THINK SHE SEES HIS UH BOARDING PASS. IT SAYS 'PARNEVIK' ON IT.

AND SO SHE GOES, 'OH, DO YOU KNOW JESPER PARNEVIK?' AND HE GOES - HE WAS BAFFLED BY THAT. AND THAT - THAT'S - PRETTY MUCH FROM THAT DAY HE KNEW, 'OH MAYBE, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT TO DO SOME MORE SHOWS TO CATCH UP.'

BUT UM, I'M GETTING THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
OUR AUDIENCE MAY BE BAFFLED BY WHO YOUR DAD IS BECAUSE WE DON'T SEE HIM HERE. SO WE PUT TOGETHER A COUPLE LITTLE CLIPS THAT WE'RE GONNA SHOW

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH YEAH?

PETER KESSLER
 
EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW SO THAT YOU HAVE A SENSE OF THE KIND OF WORK THAT BO PARNEVIK DOES. LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

(CLIPS BEGIN)
UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER (MALE):
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FOREIGN POLICY? UM, HAVE YOU TALKED TO MR. BRESHNEV ABOUT PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

BO PARNEVIK, JESPER'S FATHER (MALE):
YES UH, WE'VE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. UH, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT PRESIDENT BRESHNEV WANTS TOO BIG A PIECE OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

WHEN I ASKED HIM TO GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, HE SAID THAT UH, HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW UH, HOW TO GET OUT OF RUSSIA.

(NEW CLIP STARTS)
BRING ME THE HELSINKI AGREEMENT PLEASE.

AH ...

I'M SURE THEY'RE GONNA END (???). THAT PART HAS ALREADY BEEN USED.
(CLIPS END)

PETER KESSLER
 
HAVE YOU EXPLAINED TO YOUR DAD THAT, EXCEPT FOR IN SWEDEN, YOU ARE MORE FAMOUS IN EVERY OTHER COUNTRY?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, HE KNOWS THAT BY NOW, I THINK. BUT STILL IN SWEDEN I'M HAVING A TOUGH TIME BECAUSE UH, YOU KNOW, HIS AUDIENCE HAS BEEN SO BIG FOR SO LONG THAT UH, ANYONE PROBABLY FROM -

EVEN NOW THOSE THAT HAVE NEVER SERIOUSLY SEEN HIM PERFORM WHEN HE WAS AT HIS HIGHEST PEAK UH, YOU KNOW, KNOW HIM AND SO ON. AND ...

THEN YOU HAVE THE WHOLE OLDER CROWD THAT, YOU KNOW, HAVE SEEN PERFORM SINCE HE WAS, YOU KNOW, 25. BUT UH, THIS SHOW YOU SAW HERE WAS UH, I THINK, THE ONLY SHOW HE'S EVER DONE IN ENGLISH.

AND UH, IT WAS FOR THE MONTEREY FESTIVAL.

PETER KESSLER
 
SPEAKING OF PEAKS, YOU ARE PLAYING THE BEST GOLF OF YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW. WHAT ARE YOU DOING BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT'S THE TOUGH THING ABOUT GOLF. YOU KNOW UH, YOU NEVER KNOW. AND YOU NEVER YOU WHEN YOU'RE GONNA RUN OUT OR WHEN YOU'RE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GONNA PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF.

SO UM, WHAT I DID LAST YEAR I THINK WAS A VERY SMART MOVE, WAS THAT I TOOK THE 10 LAST WEEKS OFF OF THE YEAR TO UM, RELAX, YOU KNOW, GOT IN GOOD SHAPE, WORKED OUT A LOT WITH MY SISTER JESSICA DOWN AT UM, A CLINIC THEY HAVE IN PALM BEACH CALLED NOVA HEALTH.

AND THAT HELPED ME A LOT JUST TO FEEL STRONGER AGAIN BECAUSE IT'S ... IT'S A TOUGH TIME TRAVELING, PLAYING THE WAY WE DO. AND UH, SOMETIMES YOU'VE JUST HAD ENOUGH.

AND THAT'S WHAT I DECIDED, I - I DID LAST YEAR. AND SO WHEN I CAME OUT THIS YEAR TO HAWAII, I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

BUT I WAS KEEN TO PLAY THOUGH. I MEAN, I WAS REALLY MOTIVATED. I HAD A LOT OF FUN ON THE GOLF COURSE. SEEMS LIKE WHEN I HAVE THE MOST FUN ON THE COURSE, THAT'S WHEN I PLAY MY BEST GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
 
THERE'S A COUPLE OF STATISTICS THAT ARE RIVETING SO FAR THIS YEAR. YOU'RE NUMBER ONE STATISTICALLY ALL-AROUND. BUT YOU'RE ALSO NUMBER ONE IN BOUNCE-BACKS, MAKING A BIRDIE AFTER A BOGEY.

AND YOU'RE ALSO NUMBER ONE IN RELATION TO PAR ON PAR-3'S WHICH SUGGESTS TO ME YOU'RE HITTING YOUR IRONS REALLY CLOSE TO THE HOLE. IS THAT TRUE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
REALLY WELL. I MEAN UH, IT WAS NOT THAT I WORKED ON MY IRONS ALL WINTER AND I KNEW WHEN I CAME TO HAWAII THIS ... THIS IS GONNA WORK. IT WAS A THING WHERE I ... I THINK IT WAS WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST TOURNAMENT,

TOURNAMENT OF THE CHAMPIONS IN MAUI, AND UH, I JUST FOUND SOMETHING ON THE RANGE BEFORE THE PRO-AM AND I STARTED JUST FLAGGING MY IRONS. AND IT JUST FELT SO GOOD AND JUST KEPT GOING.

AND UH, SO I'M PROBABLY HITTING MY IRONS THE BEST I HAVE IN MY CAREER RIGHT NOW. AND THAT LEADS TO A LOT OF SHORT BIRDIE PUTTS. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, IN ... AS YOU KNOW, IN A FEW OF THE TOURNAMENTS,

I HIT MY DRIVER A LITTLE BIT WIDE WHICH CAUSED A LOT OF DOUBLES AND TRIPLES TO HAPPEN. SO THAT'S PROBABLY WHY YOU SAY THE BOUNCE-BACKS 'CAUSE I MADE A LOT OF DOUBLE BOGEYS AS WELL.

PETER KESSLER
 
DID YOU WRITE THAT SWING THOUGHT DOWN FOR WHEN YOU FORGET IT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I STILL HAVE IT, YEAH. I STILL HAVE IT. BUT UH, THAT'S THE ... THIS IS PROBABLY THE LONGEST STRETCH THOUGH YOU HAVE A FEEL OR A SWING THOUGHT THAT WILL LAST. USUALLY IT'S GONE THE NEXT DAY. SO I'M VERY PLEASED IT'S STILL THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
LAST YEAR, YOU WERE VERY NICE TO ME WHEN WE DID A SHOW THE DAY TOGETHER THE DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY. AND YOU MADE A PARTICULARLY NICE GESTURE IN MY DIRECTION.

JESPER PARNEVIK

THAT'S RIGHT, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
 
LET'S SHARE THAT WITH EVERYBODY, JUST REFRESH EVERYBODY'S MEMORY OF HOW NICE THAT WAS. LET'S SEE THAT.

(CLIP BEGINS)
JESPER PARNEVIK
 
WELL, I HEARD IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY TOMORROW. SO UM,

PETER KESSLER
 
THAT'S ALSO TRUE.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
WHAT I'M GONNA DO ... I'M GONNA SING YOU A LITTLE SWEDISH BIRTHDAY SONG.

PETER KESSLER
 
I WOULD LIKE THAT.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, (SINGING IN SWEDISH - AIR AS IS)

CHEERS?

PETER KESSLER
 
CHEERS.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DRINKING ...

PETER KESSLER
 
IT'S FUNNY, I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT SONG FOR A COUPLE DAYS.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
MMM.
(CLIP ENDS)

THAT OTHER TUNE (???)...

PETER KESSLER
 
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY COMING UP. YOU'RE GONNA BE 35 IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. IF YOU HADN'T SUNG LAST YEAR, I WOULDN'T THIS YEAR.

(SINGING)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JESPER. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.

MAKE A WISH, BLOW OUT THE CANDLE.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS LOOKS HEALTHY.

PETER KESSLER
 
IT IS. IT DOESN'T GO WITH THE LIFIZZ ACTUALLY.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT'S TRUE. BUT IT GOES WITH MY PANTS THOUGH PRETTY ... YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
 
IT DOES PERFECTLY, THE CANDLE DOES.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
 
TURNING 35 - IT'S MY PLEASURE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I REMEMBER I HAD A FRIEND WHO, WHEN HE TURNED 35, HE CRIED ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT AT HIS PARTY BECAUSE HE FIGURED IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. IT WAS A CHARMING CELEBRATION.

WHAT ARE YOUR HAPPY THOUGHTS ABOUT TURNING 35?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, ACTUALLY I DON'T THINK ABOUT AGE THAT MUCH BECAUSE UH, I'M SURPRISED EVERY YEAR ACTUALLY WHAT MY BIRTHDAY - HOW - WHAT MY - HOW OLD I AM BECAUSE UH I STILL FEEL LIKE I'M 15 OR 20.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. SO SOME YEARS AGO ACTUALLY, I STEPPED INTO THE PRESS ROOM AND SOMEBODY ASKED ME HOW OLD I AM. AND I GO, '31' AND I SERIOUSLY MEANT 31. I GO, 'NO DAMN, I'M - I'M 34'.

AND UH, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT AGE THAT MUCH 'CAUSE I FEEL STILL, LIKE I SAID, LIKE I'M 20 YEARS OLD.

PETER KESSLER
 
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. AND WE'RE GONNA BE RIGHT BACK WITH THE BIRTHDAY BOY AFTER THIS.

(BREAK)

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