Jesper Parnevik has received a sponsor’s exemption for the FBR Open, the tournament announced Tuesday.
"Jesper won his first PGA TOUR title at the Phoenix Open in 1998. In fact, he named his son Phoenix after winning here,” said FBR Open tournament chairman John Felix. “Parnevik’s fun loving personality will only add to what is already ‘The Greatest Show on Grass.’”
Felix and the tournament host Thunderbirds will hand out five sponsor’s exemptions for the FBR Open, which will be played Jan. 26-Feb. 1 at the TPC Scottsdale. Parnevik joins Paul Azinger as the first two exemptions.
The 43-year-old Parnevik has nine international victories and five wins on the PGA Tour, including a three-shot victory over Tommy Armour III in the 1998 Phoenix Open, his first career win on the PGA Tour. Parnevik also has participated on three Ryder Cup teams (1997, 1999 and 2002).
Parnevik has earned $875,717 while playing in 14 straight FBR/Phoenix Opens throughout his career – placing him 13th on the all-time FBR/Phoenix Open money list. In 2008, Parnevik finished 143rd ($635,819) on the PGA money list and 89th on the FedEx Cup Points list.