What Happened to Jesper Parnevik – 2013 Update
(picture from PGATour.com)
My previous post on ‘Whatever Happened to Jesper Parnevik’ proved so popular that I decided to add an update on where the great man is now.
At the start of the year Jesper joined the team at Cobra-Puma, alongside Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter in their high profile media adverts. Jesper has failed to perform to the standards set by either Poulter or Fowler and so far has managed to make it through to a Sunday just twice this season.
In the 2013 PGA Tour season Jesper is playing on a medical exemption. He will have 12 events in this season to earn $620,087, which coupled with 2012 earnings of $10,340 would equal No. 125 from the 2012 money list.
So far he has played in 9 tournaments and earned just $49,241. Which means he has a minimum of three tournaments (plus any sponsors invites) to accrue some $570,846, and this would being of his biggest achievements to ate should he do it.
His best finish of tied 51st at the Northern Trust Open back in February earned him just $15,444, ultimately disappointing after two opening rounds of 70 followed by weekend scoring of 74, 73. Since then he hasn’t managed to shoot a below par round in the next six tournaments.
A quick overview of his season so far illustrates his scoring struggles:
20.01.13 Humana Challenge 67-73-69 (-7) CUT
03.02.13 Waste Management Phoenix Open 70-73 (+1) CUT
17.02.13 Northern Trust Open 70-70-74-73 (+3) T51th $15,444.00
03.03.13 The Honda Classic 72-76 (+8) CUT
17.03.13 Tampa Bay Championship 72-72-72-77 (+9) 74th $10,560.00
21.04.13 RBC Heritage 72-72-73 (+4) T78th $10,440.00
28.04.13 Zurich Classic of New Orleans 72 W/D
05.05.13 Wells Fargo Championship 72-75 (+3) CUT
19.05.13 HP Byron Nelson Championship 70-70-72 (+2) T73 $12,797.00
His best round of the year is a 67 at the Humana Challenge, his first round at his first tournament of the year, but this promise quickly faded as he went on to miss the cut. The story all season has been a nearly promising start that fades away either finishing well down the field or missing the cut entirely.
Three times Jesper has been in a group, hovering on the cut mark, that has meant a secondary, Saturday cut being implemented. Three times, he’s failed to get through to Sunday.
This was best illustrated by his performance at the RBC Heritage when Jesper had a putt on the 36th green of no more than five feet which would have meant a full weekend of play. It turns out Jesper missed the put, meaning a staggering 91 players made the cut, 21 more than would have if Jesper had holed the putt.
Jesper Parnevik’s missed five-footer on the 18th hole had shifted the cut line to 2-over and after the round, to his credit, and epitomising his sense of humour, @JesperParnevik tweeted,
“Everybody in the field at +2, put your envelopes in my locker…”
Injury struck again whilst playing in the Zurich Classic forcing Jesper to withdraw due to a back injury. His back injury now a footnote to the various stresses his body has suffered in recent years including a hip operation, a broken bone in his back, and a freak motor boat finger injury.
Meanwhile his latest tournament entry was the HP Byron Nelson Championship where he settled for a share of 71st place at 2-over-par with rounds of 70, 70 & 72 and missing a Sunday finish by just one shot.
If you look at his tour stats ironically, its not putting that’s the problem, he ranks 13th in Strokes Gained Putting, but that, once, efficient, clipped swing doesn’t give him any advantage on the tee anymore as he ranks 185th in Total Driving and consequently 186th in Greens In Regulation.
Jesper is currently 1212th in the official golf rankings as of June 16th. At the start of the year he was ranked 1404 and got to a year high of 1178 after the Northern Trust Open before again drifting out of the top 1200.
Whatever happens in the next three starts, Jesper Parnevik continues to bring more interest to golf than most. Lets hope he can shine some light on possibly his final season on tour and with a smooth putting stroke still in his locker he might need just one, great week.
To find out more follow Jesper Twitter @JesperParnevik