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Jesper Parnevik rejoins European Tour

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik has resurrected his Ryder Cup hopes by rejoining the European Tour, the tour said on Saturday.

The Swede, who had effectively ruled himself out of Cup selection earlier this month by forgoing his tour membership, has committed to playing in the mandatory 11 European Tour events.

"He will be reinstated in the Ryder Cup world points list with the 44.68 points he had accumulated prior to him resigning from membership," a European Tour spokesman said.

"He is also therefore eligible for the European Ryder Cup points list and to qualify for selection for the European team for the 35th Ryder Cup matches at Oakland Hills, Michigan, from September 17-19."

No reason was given for Parnevik's change of heart, the tour added.

However, earlier this week European captain Bernhard Langer said that merely competing in a qualifier for a major championship would count as one of the 11 minimum events, and this may have prompted the Swede to reverse his decision.

"Qualifying for a major actually counts as playing it, even if you miss qualifying," the veteran of 11 Ryder Cups said at Wentworth. "If I enter qualifying for this year's British Open, it counts, even if I miss qualifying.

"I think some players might not know that, and it applies to all the majors."

Parnevik, 39, has been a mainstay of the European side that has won three of the last four Ryder Cup matches against the United States.

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