Swe­den’s Jes­per Parnevik op­ti­mistic bro­ken ver­te­brae won’t end golf ca­reer

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

thing about it. The bad news is I never ex­pected it would be a frac­tured ver­te­brae.”

Parnevik, a five-time win­ner on the PGA Tour, told the Afton­bladet for a story Wed­nes­day that doc­tors told him he would need joint fu­sion surgery, “which means I can’t play any­more.”

“I’ll have to hope for a mir­a­cle if there’s go­ing to be any more com­pet­i­tive golf,” he said told the news­pa­per.

His mood changed con­sid­er­ably af­ter speak­ing with Gray, rec­om­mended to him by Parnevik’s sis­ter, who he said once worked with the Detroit Red Wings.

“ That I’m go­ing to quit the game and my ca­reer is over is not the case,” Parnevik said. “He was very op­ti­mistic that I could back without hav­ing the surgery. I’m go­ing to have to rest for a few months and go on his work­out sched­ule. I’m go­ing to do ev­ery- thing I can to get back and hope­fully get rid of the stiff­ness and pain in my back, and play nor­mal golf.”

Parnevik had surgery on his left hip about nine years ago, and missed the sec­ond half of last year with surgery on his right hip.

He shot a 68 in the first round of the North­ern Trust Open de­spite hit­ting 200-yard hooks off the tee and leav­ing him­self fair­way met­als into most of the greens. He said it was the great­est 68 he had ever had. The 44-year-old Swede with­drew the next day.

“I did not have a clue what to do about my back,” Parnevik said. “Now I know ex­actly what to do. It was a very good phone call.”

Parnevik re­cently made news for ex­press­ing his out­rage at Tiger Woods’ ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs. He once em­ployed Woods’ wife, Elin, as a nanny and in­tro­duced her to Woods.

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