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Golf Talk Live - Jesper Parnevik Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
 
DID YOU HAVE A SENSE OF WHO SAM SNEAD WAS BEFORE YOU CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY, WHAT HE MEANT TO THE GAME OF GOLF, WHAT HIS SWING MEANT TO THE GAME OF GOLF?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, I DID IN ONE WAY BUT NOT AS MUCH AS ALL, YOU KNOW, THE AMERICANS DO BECAUSE UH ME, GROWING UP, I PRETTY MUCH JUST WATCHED UM, SEVE. HE WAS MY BIG IDOL OVER THERE. AND UH,

SO WE DIDN'T GET TO SEE ... ESPECIALLY ON SWEDISH TELEVISION, THEY NEVER SHOW GOLF. SO WE NEVER GOT TO SEE THE HOGANS AND SNEADS AND ALL THOSE GUYS FROM OVER HERE. I MEAN, EVEN PALMER, I DIDN'T SEE PLAYING MUCH WHEN HE - WHEN IN HIS PRIME.

I MEAN, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH JACK AND TOM WATSON, THOSE WERE THE FIRST TWO GUYS I SAW FROM OVER HERE PLAYING, YOU KNOW, ON TV OVER THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
BUT ONCE YOU GOT HERE, YOU GOT A SENSE FROM WATCHING UM, ALL OF THE

OLD FILMS OF EXACTLY WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE WAS UP TO, RIGHT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH YEAH, I MEAN, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE ...

THE MOTION HE HAS IS UNBELIEVABLE. I MEAN, IT'S JUST UM, PURE RHYTHM ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

PETER KESSLER
 
TELL YOU WHAT, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT HIS GOLF SWING.

AND WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OKAY.

PETER KESSLER
 
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I MEAN, IT'S JUST UM, FREE FLOW. I MEAN, THAT'S ALL - HE DOESN'T GET STUCK ANYWHERE. UH, YOU SEE A LOT OF GOLFERS, WHEN THEY - WHEN THEY STRUGGLE WITH A SHOT, WITH A HOOK OR A FADE OR WHATEVER IT IS, THEY SEEM TO GET STUCK SOMEWHERE IN THEIR SWING. AND UH,

HE JUST, YOU KNOW, SWINGS RIGHT THROUGH IT. THERE'S NOTHING STOPPING HIS MOTION.

PETER KESSLER
 
IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT THIS SWING THAT WAS WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS IN THE 1930'S COULDN'T WIN GOLF TOURNAMENTS TODAY IF HE WERE A YOUNG MAN AGAIN?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH NO, NO. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO HARD TO, YOU KNOW, COMPARE PLAYERS FROM DIFFERENT GENERATIONS. I MEAN, IT'S PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE. UH, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TO SAY THE WAY TIGER IS PLAYING OR HITTING THE BALL RIGHT NOW,

I MEAN, IT'S SO HARD STILL TO COMPARE HIM TO THE HOGANS AND SNEADS AND EVEN JACK NICKLAUS, WHO'S THE BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME. I MEAN, BECAUSE ...

I'D SAY JACK, WHEN HE CAME ALONG, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING AS TIGER'S DOING NOW. HE HIT IT 20, 30 YARDS FURTHER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE, AND HE WAS STRAIGHT. AND THAT JUST GAVE HIM A HUGE ADVANTAGE.

PETER KESSLER
 
YOU PLAYED WITH JACK THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF THE '94 BRITISH OPEN, A CHAMPIONSHIP YOU COULD'VE WON. YOU PLAYED GREAT THE FIRST TWO DAYS.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
 
DID YOU PAY - WERE YOU ABLE TO PAY SOME ATTENTION TO WHAT HE WAS UP TO AND ABSORB ANYTHING THAT HAS STAYED WITH YOU?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
WELL UM, BACK THEN, I MEAN, I WAS A YOUNG KID. IT WAS MY SECOND BRITISH OPEN, SECOND MAJOR EVER. SO, I MEAN, I WAS JUST NERVOUS, YOU KNOW, REAL NERVOUS ON THAT FIRST TEE PLAYING WITH JACK NICKLAUS.

AND I JUST TRIED TO KIND OF STAY OUT OF HIS WAY ACTUALLY THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS. I JUST HAPPENED TO PLAY GREAT.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, THE NEXT TWO ROUNDS I GET DRAWN BY - WITH TOM WATSON. SO IT WAS AN AMAZING WEEK FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT DID YOU PICK UP FROM THE TWO OF THEM?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, I - WHAT I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED BY, BY JACK, WAS HOW SUPPORTIVE HE WAS WHEN HE SAW THAT ... YOU KNOW, HE WAS STRUGGLING WITH HIS GAME. AND HE WAS ON THE VERGE OF 'IF HE WAS GONNA MAKE THE CUT OR NOT.'

WHEN SAW THAT HE CAN NOT - DID NOT HAVE THE GAME THAT WIN - WEEK TO WIN, HE WAS SO SUPPORTIVE OF ME AND MY GAME. I MEAN, HE WAS CHEERING ME ON, EVERY SHOT I HIT, EVERY PUTT I HIT. SO THAT MADE ME JUST FEEL REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHY DON'T WE SEE WHAT JOHN IN NEW JERSEY WANTS TO KICK AROUND TONIGHT. HOW ARE YOU, JOHN?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
HI JOHN.

JOHN, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
HI. GOOD EVENING, GENTLEMEN. HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
 
VERY WELL. AND YOU SIR?

JOHN, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
UH, PRETTY GOOD ...

PETER KESSLER
 
GOOD.

JOHN, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
PRETTY GOOD. GETTING WARMER HERE IN NEW JERSEY.

PETER KESSLER
 
YOU'LL BE PLAYING SOON.

JOHN, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
VERY SOON WE HOPE. UH ...

PETER KESSLER
 
FIRE AWAY.

JOHN, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
UH JESPER, UH, EVEN THOUGH YOU DIDN'T WIN UH THIS PAST WEEKEND IN THE MATCH PLAY FORMAT, UM, I WAS WONDERING UH IF YOU ENJOYED THAT? AND UH, HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT AS THE FORMAT UH FOR THE PROS?

AND UH, JUST A COMMENT: UH, I'M A BIG USER OF LIFIZZ, LOVE IT, AND UH, DIDN'T GET SICK THIS WINTER AT ALL.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
YEAH, LIFE IS GREAT. UH, WELL, THE MATCH PLAY EVENT, I THINK A LOT OF THE PROS LOVE THAT KIND OF GOLF BECAUSE IT'S UH VERY SIMILAR TO WHEN YOU'RE WALKING DOWN THE LAST NINE HOLES

WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A TOURNAMENT. AND THERE'S USUALLY ONE OR TWO GUYS THAT COULD WIN THE TOURNAMENT. AND YOU PRETTY MUCH FOCUS IN ON THOSE GUYS.

SO THAT'S A SIMILAR MATCH PLAY UH, SCENARIO THAT YOU HAVE, LIKE LAST WEEK. AND IT'S VERY DIFFERENT FROM UH STROKE PLAY BECAUSE YOU - YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN TO BE VERY AGGRESSIVE, WHEN TO HOLD A BACK A LITTLE BIT.

AND UM, YOU KNOW, LIKE WE SAID BEFORE, WHEN YOU HAVE THE TOP 64 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, LIKE YOU HAD LAST WEEK, ANYONE CAN PRETTY MUCH BEAT ANYONE OVER 18 HOLES MATCH PLAY.

AND UH, THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPRESSIVE TO SEE GUYS LIKE DARREN CLARKE BEATING DAVID DUVAL AND TIGER WOODS, TWO DAYS IN A ROW.

PETER KESSLER
 
LET'S SEE WHAT LARRY WANTS TO KICK AROUND. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, LARRY?

LARRY, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
OH, PRETTY GOOD. UH, GOT A QUESTION, UH, I SAW JESPER HITTING THE HEAVY BAG ON HIS LIFIZZ COMMERCIAL. HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO THAT DURING YOUR - THE GOLF SEASON? AND HOW COULD A WEEKEND GOLFER WORK THAT INTO HIS TRAINING PROGRAM?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, IN THE - ACTUALLY, THE ACTUAL BOXING TRAINING, I STARTED ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO WITH A FRIEND OF MINE FROM SWEDEN WHO ... WHO WAS A BOXER. HE CAME OVER UH TO THE UNITED STATES FOR A FEW WEEKS AND SHOWED ME A LITTLE BIT HOW TO HIT THE BAG AND SO ON.

AND UH, BUT LIKE I SAID EARLIER, A LOT OF THE GUYS ARE WORKING OUT REGULARLY NOW ON TOUR. I MEAN, I KNOW DUVAL, HE WORKS OUT BOTH MORNING AND AFTERNOON EVERYDAY.

SAME THING WITH TIGER, I MEAN, IF YOU SEE TIGER LEADING THE TOURNAMENT, HE HAS - LIKE TWO HOURS TO GO, HE'S - HE'S GOING TO BE IN THE GYM THE SAME MORNING.

AND IT JUST MAKES YOU UM ... WHEN YOU WORK OUT IN THE MORNING AND YOU GO TO THE FIRST TEE, YOU DON'T ... YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO WARM UP. I MEAN, YOU - YOU PRETTY MUCH UM, ARE LOOSE. YOU CAN UM ...

YOU FEEL STRONG JUST KNOWING THAT YOU WORKED OUT THAT MORNING.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHEN WE COME BACK, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO TALK WITH YOUR FRIEND, LPGA TOUR WINNER, CATRIN NILSMARK ...

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
ALRIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
 
IN JUST A SECOND.

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