Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren’s relationship caught a lot of media attention from the very beginning. Tiger reportedly fell for the Swedish model at first glance. But their marriage and romantic love story would never take place if it wasn’t for this PGA Tour player. Today we take a look at how Jesper Parnevik played a crucial role in introducing Woods to Nordegren.
Nordegren and Woods’ relationship made countless headlines more than a decade ago, and there’s a lot to know about it. It’s interesting to note that before they even met, Woods had already established himself as a household celebrity due to his extraordinary talent.
The couple first got together after Nordegren accepted a position as a full-time nanny for the household of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. She was first introduced to Woods by Parnevik and his wife.
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For a year, Woods reportedly asked Parnevik to introduce him, but Nordegren wasn’t initially impressed. The golfer was ok with this fact since Nordegren was dating someone else at the time. The pair were finally introduced to each other by Mia Parnevik, wife of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik.
When the couple divorced in 2010 after Woods’ allegations became public, Jesper Parnevik apologized to Nordegren since he was their matchmaker. He said, “I would be especially sad about it since I’m kind of — I really feel sorry for Elin — since me and my wife were at fault for hooking her up with him.”
The 57-year-old Swedish Golfer further added, “It’s a private thing of course. But when you are the guy he is, the world’s best athlete, you should think more before you do stuff … And maybe not just do it, like Nike says.”
As many years passed, Parnevik and Woods are no more on talking terms since the 15-time Major Champion’s divorce from Elin Nordegren. So what is the Swedish golfer up to these days?
Where is Jesper Parnevik Now?
Parnevik had a little taste of success when he came close to winning a Major in the ’90s. However, he never managed to capitalize the opportunity and win a Major. Despite this, he remains one of the best golfers coming out of Sweden.
Parnevik currently plays at the PGA Tour Champions, a Tour for the senior PGA Tour players. During his prime days, the 57-year-old has won four times on the European Tour and has five PGA Tour championships to his credit.
Parnevik has also acted in several movies, mostly as cameos. His recent look for the PGA Tour Champions also caught headlines. The flipped-up peak cap that Parnevik wore while competing on the PGA Tour and European Tour will likely bring back many memories for golf fans. Moreover, Parnevik is still married to his wife Mia, who once had Tiger Woods’ ex-wife as a nanny.