Tiger to the rescue when Parnevik forgets his clubs
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jesper Parnevik brought a week's worth of his outrageous outfits to the Masters. And he made sure his wife, four children, nannies and friends were all accounted for.
But when he arrived at Augusta National, he realized he left something behind: his golf clubs.
"I flat out forgot them in the garage," Parnevik said Monday. "I don't know how you could go to Augusta and leave them in the garage, but I managed to do that.
"I will make history one way or another. I'm sure I'm the only one who's ever done that."
Parnevik pleaded chaos in his defense.
He had to lease two private planes to get his crew to Augusta. He wasn't in charge of loading the luggage, and a set of clubs did make the trip -- but they belonged to his business partner, Chris Rosen.
Only after a call to his neighbor in Jupiter, Fla., did the Swede confirm his clubs were still in the garage.
Parnevik called an old friend -- Tiger Woods -- to return a favor .
Woods was in Palm Beach County, and agreed to swing by Parnevik's house to pick up his clubs. He brought them Monday morning, and all was well in the zany world of Parnevik.
"I called him up and asked he could do it," Parnevik said. "After he laughed for about 10 minutes, he said, 'I'll do it.' Everything worked out."
Woods didn't even charge him a courier's fee.
Then again, Woods is still in debt, because it was the Parneviks who introduced him to his future wife, Elin Nordegren, once a nanny for the Parnevik kids.
"I still think I'm on the credit side with him," Parnevik said. "I have a few mishaps to go without being even."<
^HOLE-IN-THREE:@ John Daly usually tries to give the crowd on the par-3 16th a show by skipping a ball across the water to the green. On Monday, he went one better, and gave them something to really cheer about.
Daly hit two shots off the tee to positions he thought the pin might be when the Masters begins. Then he teed up a third and aimed at the pin.
The 9-iron hit, sucked up and went into the hole. It might not have qualified for a hole-in-one, but the crowd gathered for the first practice round of the week went wild anyway.
"I didn't think it would go in the hole, but it did," Daly said.
Darren Clarke was playing the back nine when he heard the commotion.
"You don't quite hear roars like that on Monday at any other tournament," Clarke said.<
^SUMMERALL CAMEO:@ The voice of Pat Summerall will be part of the Masters' television coverage.
Although CBS Sports does not plan to tout its 50th consecutive year broadcasting the Masters, president Sean McManus said Summerall will make a cameo appearance as the voice who introduces the network's coverage.
"Every year we do our billboard copy -- 'CBS Sports proudly presents ... ' -- and we normally use a professional announcer who does other billboard copy," McManus said. "We asked Pat Summerall to do that this year."
Summerall broadcast more Masters than anyone else -- years from 1968 to 1994 -- when he switched over to Fox Sports to continue his NFL coverage.
CBS Sports begins its coverage on Saturday -- the one-year anniversary of Summerall undergoing successful liver transplant surgery.<
^WHAT A HOOT:@ John Daly finally got together with Hooters.
Daly, who has been selling his merchandise from a trailer parked outside Hooters' restaurants, signed a deal with the Atlanta-based restaurant on Tuesday. He will wear the Hooters owl logo on his apparel and golf bag.
"It's really a perfect fit for me," Daly said in a statement.
Following his practice round at Augusta National, Daly had already turned into a pitchman.
"I think the food is some of the best I've had -- not just wings, but sandwiches," Daly said. "And if you want a nice cold beer, they have that, too."
^FRANCO'S FOLLY:@ Carlos Franco was getting in plenty of practice off the first tee Monday. The way he was hitting it, it looked like he needed it.
Franco duck-hooked his first tee shot into the trees on the left, causing a few stray spectators to jump out of the way. He reloaded and sprayed it even farther this time, except it went way right.
Franco reached into his bag and pulled out a different driver, drawing chuckles from the crowd. He gave them even more of a laugh by threatening to pull out a weighted swing aid and hit with that.
He then hit his second driver into the fairway bunker, drawing applause from the crowd for at least coming close.<
^DIVOTS:@ Fred Funk was spotted wearing a shirt with Chevron, Texaco and Caltex logos on the chest. "It's a one-week deal that I signed four weeks ago," Funk said. "They're at one of the hotels, and I'm doing a talk for them. It's just for a week, and if they like it, we might move forward." ... Fanny Sunnesson is back at Augusta National. The longtime caddie for Nick Faldo has retired, but she is working this week for Ian Poulter, whose caddie's wife is having a baby. Her last job was on the LPGA Tour, working two weeks for Michelle Wie.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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