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Parnevik suffering from heart condition

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik pulled out of the new World Golf Championship at Valderrama because of an irregular heartbeat, his American manager said on Wednesday.

Clark Jones said Parnevik took the decision as "a precautionary measure."

"He's obviously worried about the situation and is taking a rest. He has pulled out of this event and Sun City (in South Africa) next month."

Jones said Parnevik's condition was not serious. "I don't want to see any headlines that Jesper is suffering from a major heart problem -- because that is just not true.

"His heart keeps racing a bit but Jesper is fully aware of the ramifications," Jones added.

Swedish newspapers reported the reason for Parnevik's withdrawal on Wednesday and quoted him as saying he might not play again this year.

Jones said Parnevik had had the problem since before the Ryder Cup in September and "it is nothing more serious than it was during the Ryder Cup."

Parnevik complained of extreme tiredness after he lost his singles to David Duval 5 and 4. He played all five matches at Brookline, winning three and halving one in partnership with Spanish teenager Sergio Garcia.

"We'll see what Jesper wants to do. He hasn't travelled since then," Jones said.

The European Tour stripped Parnevik of his tour membership on Tuesday after it was not given a reason for his withdrawal on Tuesday.

It took action because this was to have been Parnevik's 11th official European Tour event -- the minimum number of tournaments required to maintain membership.

Tour spokesman Gordon Simpson said: "It's up to him to supply the medical evidence and he has never done that. He never communicated why he was not playing."

But the Tour has a medical exemption committee to whom the evidence can still be forwarded.

The relevant medical documentation will be produced, however. The European Tour had already issued its statement before I got here," Jones said.