Parnevik: Stenson destined for more majors


Jesper Parnevik is backing Henrik Stenson to win more major titles and thinks his fellow Swede can mount a charge to the top of the rankings after his stunning Open victory at Royal Troon.

Stenson came out on top in an epic duel with Phil Mickelson on Sunday to become the first Swedish man to win a major, carding an Open Championship record 20 under.

The 40-year-old finished three shots ahead of five-time major champion Mickelson in a showdown which will live long in the memory.

Former world number seven Parnevik, who twice endured the agony of finishing runner-up in The Open, never doubted that the nerveless Stenson would win one of the big four tournaments and thinks more could follow in the near future.

He told Omnisport: "It was huge for Sweden, it was good to finally get that one over and done with. I hope everything now starts flowing.

"It seems to be the case when someone wins that first one, it's like anything, if you win that first event you seem to get a few other results soon after that. Hopefully this is just the start.

"That was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen, not only from Stenson, but Mickelson was unbelievable too.

"It was just a matter of time before he won the first one, you look at what he's done the last few years. He's been up there a lot, he's had many chances and he's proved himself worldwide. 

"He'll be delighted to get the monkey off his back. Now it's just a matter of how many he gets."

Parnevik, who celebrated his countryman's success with a trip to the pub after landing in England, feels Stenson has all the makings of a player who can take over at top of the rankings after rising to fifth as a result of his heroics in South Ayrshire.

He added: "He has the ability to achieve that. The way he hits it and the confidence he must have right now, I would be watching out if I was Jason Day or Jordan Spieth right now."