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Golf Talk Live - Jesper Parnevik Transcript Segment 4

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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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