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Parnevik looking for chaotic Ryder Cup

Jesper Parnevik is hoping for chaos at this year’s Ryder Cup.

Parnevik enjoys the unique atmosphere of the biennial competition between the US and Europe, and hopes it continues for a long time to come, albeit without the unsavoury heckling that occurred with all too much frequency at the 1999 event in Boston.

"I like the chaotic atmosphere, as long as it doesn’t get personal," the Swede said during the Mercedes Championship at Kapalua, Hawaii.

"That’s what makes the Ryder Cup. I want it to be where I can’t hear my caddie talk in the fairway. If it wasn’t for the crowd, the Ryder Cup would be just another event.

"People can clap when you hit it in traps or water, although when they go after individual players and call them names, (that’s crossing the line)."

It is doubtful that American captain Curtis Strange will be happy to hear Parnevik’s comments, given that the US defend the cup at The Belfry in England in September.

Hoping for a Ryder Cup invitation from Sam Torrance. Allsport.

And it is not even certain that Parnevik will be on the European team, because his decision to continue focusing primarily on the US PGA Tour means that he will have limited opportunities to earn the points needed to qualify for the side automatically.

Unless he plays some outstanding golf in the 11 tournaments he plans to play which count for European points, Parnevik will have to rely on one of Sam Torrance’s two captains picks. Contrary to a recent report, Parnevik says he has not been promised a spot by Torrance.

"I want to be there," he said. "Me and Sergio Garcia (his partner in four matches in 1999) had too much fun last time."


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