In by far the strongest sentiment expressed so far by a PGA Tour player, Swedish veteran Jesper Parnevik blistered Tiger Woods on Wednesday for the way he has treated his wife, Elin, who is Parnevik’s former nanny.
Parnevik introduced the two in 2001 and they began dating soon thereafter, eventually marrying in 2005. If and when Woods finally relocates from Orlando to his new mansion under construction in Jupiter, Fla., he and Parnevik will be neighbors, their homes separated by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Those waters might be a bit chilly.
Playing this week at PGA Tour Qualifying School finals in West Palm Beach, Parnevik told the Golf Channel that he was upset at himself for ever introducing the pair.
“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," Parnevik said. "We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of the 3-iron."
Woods denied that there was a domestic incident between the pair, though that hasn't stopped rampant speculation about what went down when Woods crashed his Cadillac SUV into a tree six days ago after caroming off three different curbs, plus hitting two rows of hedges and a fire hydrant.
Parnevik, 44, said he hasn't spoken with Woods since the accident on Friday. And we're guessing they won’t be talking anytime soon after Woods sees this, either.
“It's a private thing of course," he told Golf Channel. "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."