Jesper Parnevik, who introduced Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, says he's forgiven Tiger for scandals
Jesper Parnevik, the PGA Tour's most outspoken critic of Tiger Woods amid the 14-time major winner's all-consuming sex scandal of 2009, says the two have made up in part over a round of golf.
"Tiger is a member of the same club as me in Florida, at the Medalist," Parnevik, 49, said in a phone interview with Golf Magazine. "I never hold a grudge. It was over pretty quick, but that was my initial reaction because Elin was like a daughter for me. Tiger and I played nine holes out at Medalist, so there’s nothing there. Everybody makes mistakes. He’s been dealing with enough stuff in his life. You say what you think and move on."
While the world clucked over Woods' numerous extramarital affairs, his fellow competitors stayed mostly mum. Then there was Parnevik, who in an interview with the Golf Channel took Woods to task for his treatment of Elin Nordegren -- Woods's wife at the time, and the Parneviks' former nanny. Of the rumor that she had attacked Woods with an iron, Parnevik said he hoped she "uses a driver next time."
"We probably thought he was a better guy than he is," Parnevik said then, from the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla. Parnevik, a five-time PGA Tour winner, added Woods should, "maybe not 'Just do it,' like Nike says."
Time has passed, though. Woods is single again and dating the skier Lindsey Vonn. He has reportedly prioritized his life around being a single father of two small children, Sam and Charlie. Parnevik, a father of four, has fought through a handful of injuries, including severing the index finger of his right hand on a motorized boat winch in late March 2012. He had the finger reattached and is trying to get his game in shape for the Champions Tour. He has past champion status and can still get into the odd PGA Tour event, and says 2009 is old news.
"I spend a lot of time with Elin, obviously, and they’re pretty good friends, she and Tiger," Parnevik said. "I think everything’s been worked out. She seems to have let go of the whole thing, as well."