JESPER PARNEVIK is easily recognizable on the golf course by the upturned bill of his cap. But to the avid fan, it is the 35-year-old Swede’s clutch play in so many close tournaments (think the 1999 Ryder Cup or 2000 GTE Byron Nelson) that seems to stand out. After finishing 27 under in last year’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the defending champ is gearing up to attack the fairways in the Mojave Desert tournament once again.
AW: What is your favorite course in the world?
JP: That’s hard; there are so many great courses. I love St. Andrews [Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland, of course].
AW: Any player that defines the game of golf for you personally?
JP: I would have to say Seve Ballesteros [three-time winner of the British Open and two-time champ of the green-jacket Masters]. He was a big idol for me when I was growing up. Just the way he played the game, I thought it was a lot of fun to watch.
AW: If you weren’t playing professional golf, what would you be doing?
JP: Good question. Probably selling vitamins.
AW: What do you do to unwind after a game?
JP: A lot of times I go and work out.