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Jesper Parnevik confident of Ryder Cup rule change

Jesper Parnevik is confident the European Tour will bend the rules over Ryder Cup qualification to give him a chance to play in the match at Oakland Hills, Michigan, in September.

Speaking on Wednesday, the 39-year-old Swede said it was going to be tough for him now to play the mandatory 11 events this season, to enable him to stay a European Tour member.

Under Tour rules, if he does not fulfil that commitment, then he can not qualify for the Ryder Cup and be considered for one of captain Bernhard Langer's two wild cards.

However, Parnevik said he had spoken to European Tour executive director Ken Schofield and was expecting the tour to "sort something out" for him.

"The rule is unclear and could change," said Parnevik, who has played the last three Ryder Cups. "I have been talking to Ken and I may not have to play the full 11 tournaments.

"My point was that if you make an effort and play five or six tournaments, and the U.S. PGA (Championship) and NEC (World Golf Championship) but you haven't made the team, you then have to focus on the U.S. Tour and making the top 30.

"For me to come back just to fulfil two more tournaments would be hard. They have said they will consider that.

"Ken has been very good with anybody involved in the Ryder Cup, very helpful."

Parnevik said he thought a decision could be made by the BMW International in five weeks' time.

Parnevik is 28th on the world points list and still outside the European list top-50. The only route to the match against the U.S. for him would seem to be by a wild card pick, though the Swede was pragmatic about his chances.

"If I can win here and play very well in the US PGA and NEC then I'd hope the captain would notice," he said.

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