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Parnevik regrets introducing Elin to Tiger, suggests a different club next time

Dec 2, 2009, 8:20 PM EDT

No sooner than he had issued a (sort of) apology for his “transgressions” earlier today on his web site, Tiger Woods heard from one person whom he probably thought would not criticize him: Jesper Parnevik.
Parnevik, 44, is the Swedish golfer who, along with his wife, Mia, introduced Elin Nordegren to Woods. The Golf Channel interviewed him at the PGA Tour’s qualifying tournament West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was competing on Wednesday. And for this approach shot, Parnevik removed the kid gloves.

“I would be especially sad about it since I’m kind of — I feel really sorry for Elin — since me and my wife were at fault for hooking her up with him,” Parnevik said. “We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of the 3-iron.”

And then this:

“It’s a private thing of course,” he said. “But when you are the guy he is, the world’s best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff.”

Finally someone gets to the heart of this mess. “You should think more before you do stuff.” A thousand philosophers on a thousand laptops couldn’t put it any better.
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Irate Parnevik on Tiger: I Hope She Uses Driver Next Time Instead of the 3-Iron [AOL Fanhouse]
Parnevik speaks out on Woods situation [ESPN]

  1. Kevin - Dec 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    As bad as this is … give the guy and his wife some space so they can get it together. Their kids don’t deserve this and the wife does not deserve the humiliation. This is not just about Mr. Woods.

  2. jske - Dec 3, 2009 at 5:42 AM

    oh crap…Kevin’s right

  3. ken - Dec 3, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    It sure is all about Tiger. Despite having the world by the golf balls, Tiger couldn’t keep it in his pants.

  4. Threat Level: Midnight - Dec 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    It’s not your fault, Jesper. Sometimes, the watches in the fishbowl just fall where they may.

  5. Patrick - Dec 3, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Jesper should re-think his comment about using a 3-iron next time. I’m not a big fan of applauding a woman committing violence against a man any more than applauding a man committing violence against a woman. If Elin had cheated on Tiger, and Tiger took a driver and started beating her with it, everyone would say he belonged under the jail. But somehow Elin assaulting Tiger is funny and acceptable. Not cool.
    Also, while Tiger did a very bad thing, that in and of itself does not make him a bad person. My father also has been unfaithful in his life, but he has many other great qualities, and I’m not willing to cast him aside because he’s disappointed me in certain areas. And I would imagine that not many of us would cast aside someone we love/like, just because they’ve disappointed us at some point. I wish the best for Elin, Tiger and their family, whether together or apart.

  6. Phil - Dec 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Anyone who becomes the best in whatever he or she does, there will always be someone who would try and do anything just to be in the headlines. If anything were to be perfect, we would still have a world like the Garden of Eden. I respect the couples privacy, and would support them both TW & Elin N. W. to work this out and it would just not be for the children, but for what they have, and built together and get on with their lives. TW being just what he is good at, and Elin being supportive, and let this be placed on the backburner and forgotten. This would be a lesson learned, and be from here a corrected blemish in his near spotless career. No, one is perfect except for one person. Who is he though? If anyone knows who he is, I’d like to hear about him or her.

  7. YANKEES1996 - Dec 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Jesper Parnevik should have followed the age old adage of “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt”. His comments are not only out of line but I don’t care if he gave her away at their wedding, their personal problems are none of his business! It may or may not affect the PGA tour this upcoming season but I will guarantee you Jesper, Tiger and Elin’s problems will not affect you at all. So it might be best for you to simply MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS and let these people work out their own problems.

  8. Ted - Dec 6, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Jesper is spot on, and good for him. This is not about promoting violence as it is about viewing Tiger as a role model. I’m shameful that all those defending Tiger, and stating this is a private matter, are vehemently defending him. The sin by silence when men should protest makes cowards of us all -Abraham Lincoln. Well done Jesper! Jesper’s point is simple. He believes in family values, and yes, he believes that there are role models in the world. God forbid someone cares about that. Stop saying this is private! How private a matter is it everytime he wins a tourney, and goes wild with his fist pumps? This is the price you pay for making 1 billion dollar to hit a golf ball.