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Parnevik Hoping to Get Game in Gear This Week

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Sweden's Jesper Parnevik will make a return to the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West this week, site of his victory in last year's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
The 36-year-old took the title - the first of his two on the 2000 PGA Tour - complements of a final round 65 and a total score of 27-under-par 331. He beat out South Africa's Rory Sabbatini by a stroke, the 24-year-old just missing a birdie attempt on the 18th green, which would have tied the winning score and forced a playoff.
 
And then, as has become the usual practice, it was Parnevik whipping one out one of his fine cigars from his bag and puffing away.
 
Of course, this event is contested a bit longer than most venues on the PGA Tour. It lasts all of five days. It is a pro-am. And also, it is played over three other courses besides the host Palmer layout. Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta and Indian Wells also see play during the week.
 
It all makes for a whole lot of golf, and traditionally some low scoring.
 
As for Parnevik, who won later in the year at the GTE Byron Nelson Classic, he has since been through hip surgery, which has become such a common operation among professional golfers.
 
He appears to be a bit off his form early in this season, however. In his four starts this year, he has missed two cuts and not finished inside the top-15 in either of his other events. That could all change this week though, especially with $630,000 on the tables for the winner.
 
One player who won't be in attendance is World No. 1 Tiger Woods. After nearly winning last week at Torrey Pines, Woods is expected to resurface at Riviera for the Nissan Open.

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