Jesper Parnevik reiterated his criticism of Tiger Woods and said he had “lost all respect” for the world’s number one golfer.
Jesper Parnevik reiterated his criticism of Tiger Woods on Thursday night and said he had “lost all respect” for the world’s number one golfer.
Woods on Wednesday apologised on his official website for “transgressions” and “personal sins and failings”, while an American tabloid has published allegations of an affair between the married father-of-two and a Los Angeles cocktail waitress.
Former European Ryder Cup star Parnevik and his wife introduced fellow Swede Elin Nordegren to her future husband, and on Wednesday at the PGA Tour qualifying school in West Palm Beach, Florida, the 44-year-old spoke out against Woods.
Parnevik told the Golf Channel: “It’s always sad, and especially sad because me and my wife were at fault hooking her up with him and we probably thought he is a better guy than he is.
“I would probably apologise to her and when you’re a world-class athlete you probably should think a bit more before you do stuff.”
On Thursday, after completing his round at West Palm Beach, Parnevik again spoke to reporters on the subject.
“I haven’t really talked to Tiger yet so I don’t want to say too much but my heart goes out to her,” the Swedish golfer said.
“There’s nothing I regret (saying) and I stand by everything. He’s lost all my respect, I mean, all the respect I had for the guy is gone, that’s pretty much all I can say.”
Parnevik added: “I’ve tried to get through to him through his managers and secretaries but it’s not easy but it doesn’t really matter, what’s done is done.”
The Golf Channel also reported that Parnevik had said: “Elin is having a very tough time.”
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The tournament was the first European Tour event since the sporting shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 23-year-old had started the final round three strokes behind his fellow American.
Poulter is six shots back heading into the final round.
The Englishman produced an excellent sand save on the last to see him finish the day at 10 under par.
The 44-year-old’s last appearance on the PGA Tour was in mid-February.
The biennial match between the United States and Europe will now take place in September 2021 at Whistling Straits.
Organisers hope to stage the event in September 2021.