Jesper Parnevik unhappy with Ryder Cup rules
Jesper Parnevik has rejoined the European Tour to make himself eligible for Ryder Cup selection, but the Swede didn't sount very happy about it on Thursday.
"I still think the policy is wrong," Parnevik said of the rules that requires players to compete in 11 European Tour events to be eligible for the European Ryder Cup team.
Last month, the Swede resigned his European tour membership, because he was unwilling to meet the 11-tournament requirement, but he subsequently discovered that the US and British Open qualifiers would count towards that number.
More importantly, Parnevik has been told by Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer that if he doesn't make the team, he will not have to complete his 11 events. Parnevik previously was under the impression he would be banned from the tour for two years if he didn't play the 11 events.
"The penalty has gone, and that's what made my mind up," said Parnevik, who shot a 75 in the first round at The Memorial on Thursday.
"I don't know what I'm going to do schedule-wise, but I'm going to give it my best effort, whatever that means," Parnevik said.
Unless he fires up over the next couple of months, Parnevik is unlikely to win automatic selection, but the three-time Ryder Cup player will likely come under consideration for one of Langer's two captain's picks.
"Bernhard wants the broadest selection of players available," added Parnevik. "I've got to play well to qualify."
Europe will defend the Ryder Cup against the Americans at Oakland Hills near Detroit in September.
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