Parnevik Wins Playoff to Capture Byron Nelson Classic

Published May 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik parred the third playoff hole Sunday to claim his second title of the year and extend David Love III's title drought who pondered over another missed opportunity. 

Parnevik missed a 1-foot putt that nearly cost him in the $720,000 tournament. But the Swede managed a dramatic victory, which came at the expense of hard-luck Love who missed two short putts on the 18th hole in a span of 50 minutes to extend his winless streak on the PGA Tour to 54 events. 

"Happy Mother's Day," Love graciously told Parnevik's wife, Mia, as he walked off the 18th green and once again had to settle for consolation instead of congratulations. 

Love caught a huge break when he was given relief from newly laid sod left of the 18th green. He chipped to 5 feet, but missed the par putt. 

With Woods in the clubhouse, Parnevik, Love, Phil Mickelson and John Huston battled at the top of the leaderboard before Huston joined Woods on the outside looking in. 

Huston, also winless since 1998, missed a birdie attempt on 18, which would have forged a four-way playoff. He ended up with a 70. 

Bob Estes was sixth on nine-under 271, while fellow Texan Mark Brooks and Brandel Chamblee were three shots off the pace - (Several Sources) 

 

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