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Jesper Parnevik returns after two month break

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik aims to prove that practice does not always make perfect after taking nearly two months off at the height of the season.

He will be aiming to clinch the Scandinavian Masters for the third time in his career this week after taking the title in 1995 and 1998.

Parnevik, 40, says he is high on motivation but low on preparation for the event.

"I was going to play a few events on the U.S. Tour and the British Open but the weather was very good here so I decided to stay on," he said.

"I've done things this summer I haven't done for 20 years, a lot of family things, so I am very keen and motivated to play this week."

Parnevik is arguably Sweden's most successful player with four European Tour wins and five on the PGA Tour in the United States. He has also played in three Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 1999 and 2002.

"It would have been nice to have got a few rounds under my belt and it's too bad the course has been under water because I haven't played for a while, apart from the JP McManus Pro-am a few weeks ago.

"But I've recharged and it's not just through taking a summer break. I have changed my preparation.

"I've always worked and practised very, very hard.

"Like Vijay (Singh) I've stood and beaten balls until darkness and pushed myself 110 per cent.

"I was using up way too much energy and I felt I had to do something different, not really push myself as hard as I had previously in my career.

"I'd like to be like Colin Montgomerie, who hits about five balls and goes out.

"For this week, it's nice to come to a tournament not very prepared, so to speak."

 

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