Jesper Parnevik

    Jesper Parnevik

    Height: 6 ft. 0 in 

    Weight: 175 lbs 

    Birthday: 03/07/1965

    College: -

    Turned Pro: 1986

    Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

    Country:  Sweden

    Sponsor: Cobra

     

    Upon turning pro in 1986, Parnevik played pre dominantly on the European Tour for a number of years. He won four career European Tour titles. The first win came at the Bell's Scottish Open where he won by a comfortable five shots from Payne Stewart. In 1995, he would win the Volvo Scandinavian Masters and in 1996 he went on to capture the Trophée Lancôme. Interestingly, both of these wins were five shot victories over Colin Montgomerie. His career best finish on the European Tour money list came in both 1993 and 1995 when he finished 17th in the standings. He represented Europe in the Ryder Cup on three occasions (1997, 1999, and 2002).

    Parnevik began playing on the PGA Tour in 1994. He had a breakout year in 1997 when he had an astonishing five runner up finishes which included a tie for 2nd place at the British Open Championship at Royal Troon. Parnevik finished the year 12th on the money list. The 1998 season brought the Swede a first ever PGA Tour title when he won the Phoenix Open by three shots. He won again the following season, this time at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic where he beat Jim Furyk by two strokes.

    Parnevik had a career best season in 2000, winning twice, finishing runner up once and third on one occasion. His first win came at the five round Bob Hope Chrysler Classic when he won by a single stroke over Rory Sabbatini. He then went on to beat Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson in a play-off at the GTE Byron Nelson Classic. He would finish the year a career best 8th on the money list. His fifth and final PGA Tour win came in 2001 at the Honda Classic.

    Parnevik struggled with injury for a lot of his career and underwent hip surgery in 2000 to try and rectify the problem. Over the next few seasons, the Swede had a number of runner-up finishes. He lost to Justin Leonard after three play-off holes at the 2007 Valero Texas Open. The Swede lost his card in 2009 and has struggled to retain it since. He recently turned 50 years old so is now eligible to join the Champions Tour