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Parnevik aiming not to rely on Torrance

Jesper Parnevik is looking to kindle his campaign to qualify for Europe's Ryder Cup team as he bids to win his third Scandinavian Masters this week.

To show his determination to make the Ryder Cup team under his own steam after twice needing wild cards for his previous appearances in 1997 and 1999, the Swede said he may add an extra event to his schedule.

But Parnevik is eyeing the US PGA Championship in two weeks' time to get into the top 10 in the European Ryder Cup standings and thereby qualify for the transatlantic clash at The Belfry in September.

While he knows he is almost certain to be one of captain Sam Torrance's two wild cards if he cannot make it -- Sergio Garcia, like him based on the US Tour this year, is the other -- Parnevik would rather make it by right.

"It is comforting to know that Sam is thinking of me but I would sooner make it on my own.

"I can only get up to about 20th place this week, so my hopes are really more with the US PGA Championship.

"There's no reason why I can't do it. I'm playing well enough."

Parnevik lies 38th on the Ryder Cup table and has this week, the final major, then possibly the World Golf Championship NEC Invitational if he is, by then, in the top 12 in the rankings.

To show his willingness to make it automatically, Parnevik will add the BMW International, the final qualifying event, to his schedule.

"At the moment I'm not down to play in Munich," added Parnevik, "but if I'm close to getting in then I'll probably change my mind and play."

The Swede insisted he has not spoken to Torrance about his position or whether he has already been told he is a wild-card.

 


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