Archive for Saturday, July 21, 2001

Parnevik stands out at quirky tournament

July 21, 2001


— Of all the players on the leader board, Jesper Parnevik was the easiest to spot. He was the one in the peach-colored pants.

Calling Parnevik eccentric is like calling Tiger Woods popular. It doesn't begin to describe a man who is well-known on golf circles for his experiments with volcanic dust. (He ate it.)

Parnevik, from Sweden, excels at this quirky tournament. He finished second to Nick Price at Turnberry in 1994 and tied for second, behind Justin Leonard, at Royal Troon in 1997. He finished fourth at Royal Birkdale in 1998.

Parnevik shot 68 on Friday the way it is supposed to be shot: accurately. He missed only one fairway.

"I'm probably playing better than I have been in a long time," he said.

Au revoir, Jean: Jean Van de Velde, who led the 1999 British Open by three strokes going into the final hole but wound up losing in a playoff, made a quick exit this year.

Van de Velde opened with a six-over 77 and wasn't much better Friday with a 75. He never recovered after playing his first three holes Thursday with a double bogey-bogey-double bogey skid.

Hole in one: American Frank Lickliter celebrated his first appearance in the British Open with a six-iron ace at the 212-yard fifth hole.

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