WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Jesper Parnevik’s comments Wednesday about Tiger Woods serve as a rare example of a fellow PGA Tour player openly criticizing the world’s top-ranked golfer, not just on his recent “transgressions” but on any topic.
Parnevik said he has tried to reach out to Woods, villified after recent reports of infidelity and an early morning car crash outside his home, since reacting after the first round of PGA Tour Q-School but was unable to reach him. Parnevik stood by his comments a day earlier, adding, “It’s nothing I regret. . . . All respect I had for the guy is gone.”
Parnevik also said “it’s pretty rough right now” Elin Woods, the former Parnevik family nanny who had been introduced to Woods by Jesper and his wife, Mia.
When Parnevik was asked for other players’ reaction to his comments, he laughed and said, “I don’t know. I shouldn’t say I don’t think.” His reaction seemed to say Parnevik received a positive reaction from his peers.
Jason Gore, who also is playing Q-School, has known Woods since boyhood. He said the recent events will not change his relationship with the world’s top-ranked golfer.
“Knowing Tiger, he’s probably pretty embarrassed right now,” Gore said. “What he’s dealing with at home is a lot bigger than anything Jesper has to say.”
We won’t really know how fans will treat Woods until he returns to the PGA Tour, but it appears his relationship with players in the locker room will remain unchanged.
J.P. Hayes, for one, expects no changes regarding his relationship with Woods, if for no other reason that he hasn’t been close to the Tour’s most-private player anyway.
“I wouldn’t expect (my relationship with Woods) to change, because I don’t really have a relationship,” Hayes said. “I guess it depends on the player. Some people probably aren’t as accepting of stuff like that. Some people are probably accepting of that, to an extent.”