A for­mer PGA Tour star finds big­ger fame in re­al­ity TV

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Stina Stern­berg

A PGA Tour star finds big­ger fame in re­al­ity TV.

Jes­per Parnevik has pulled his three old­est chil­dren from the din­ner ta­ble and is calmly rep­ri­mand­ing them while his wife, Mia, and the fam­ily’s guests con­tinue to dis­cuss travel dilem­mas over plates of pasta. Mo­ments ear­lier, Peg, 20; Penny, 18; and Philippa, 16, were tak­ing sel es and ig­nor­ing Dad’s re­quest to put the phones away. And even though Jes­per looks en­tirely ab­surd dis­ci­plin­ing his squad while wear­ing a squir­rel suit – it’s Hal­loween, which means the Parneviks are in cos­tumes – the ver­dict is rm: They’re all grounded.

Scenes like this have turned this tight-knit brood of six (son Phoenix, 14, rounds out the clan) into Swe­den’s favourite new celebri­ties. Their squab­bles and make-up ses­sions play out on a re­al­ity show called “The Parneviks,” which de­buted on Swedish tele­vi­sion in 2015 and is

lmed at the for­mer PGA Tour star’s home in Jupiter, Florida.

Each week, with zero script­ing, the fam­ily wel­comes two to six new Swedish celebri­ties from vary­ing walks of life to their 1 700-squareme­tre beach­front com­pound. Record­ing artists and politi­cians mix with fash­ion bloggers, roy­alty and ath­letes, and at the cen­tre of all hi­lar­ity is the ec­cen­tric but lov­ing host fam­ily.

“I guess you could call it a com­bi­na­tion of ‘The Os­bournes,’ ‘Mod­ern Fam­ily’ and ‘Fe­herty,’ ” says Jes­per, who’s still dumb­founded by the way the show has cat­a­pulted his fam­ily to Kar­dashian-like lev­els of star­dom in his na­tive land. The golfer thought he knew fame – he won ve times on the PGA Tour from 1998-2001, and his father, Bosse, is Swe­den’s most-wor­shiped co­me­dian. “It’s to the level now where lit­tle girls in

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