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PGA Star Jesper Parnevik Joins Microsoft’s

by Rainier on March 8, 2002 @ 8:35 p.m. PST

Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement with PGA golf star Jesper Parnevik to lend his expertise and digital self to "Links® 2003," the newest version of Microsoft’s best-selling PC golf franchise. Set to hit stores this holiday season, "Links 2003" is filled with new features including new courses from around the world, improved graphics, and faster and easier online play.
Since turning pro in 1986, Jesper Parnevik has 14 career victories including the 2001 Honda Classic and has eclipsed the $1 million mark in earnings for five consecutive years. Known for his retro dress and unique mannerisms on the course, Parnevik will be joining his Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, as well as other tour pros set to be announced later this year, in "Links 2003." This agreement with Microsoft allows the "Links" development team to use Jesper Parnevik’s name and likeness to create a 3-D version of the Swedish golfer for all to play in "Links 2003."

"It is truly an honor to be selected as a member of the ‘Links’ team," Parnevik said. "I am truly amazed at how detailed and realistic the game is. ‘Links 2003’ is the next best thing to actually being out on the course. My kids are already looking forward to playing with me this holiday season."

To accurately and realistically duplicate Parnevik’s distinct swing and style, the "Links" development team coordinated a motion-capture session with Parnevik, capturing his signature moves from multiple camera angles. From driving to pitching to putting, Jesper’s unique championship-winning form is captured for all PC golfers in "Links 2003."

"Jesper’s addition to ‘Links 2003’ brings a new and colorful international twist to the world’s most realistic and enjoyable golf simulation," said Scott Lee, Microsoft product manager for "Links 2003." "One of the world’s best golfers, Parnevik is not only a popular player on the Tour, but fans all over the world recognize and appreciate his shot-making abilities. The ‘Links’ franchise is honored to welcome Jesper Parnevik to our family."

Featuring improved photorealistic graphics, six all-new championship courses, several high-resolution 3-D characters and expanded online capability, "Links 2003" offers golfers the most realistic golf simulation ever created. PC golfers can expect to see shadows and hear birds chirping in stunning 3-D audio while playing on the most detailed grass, sand and water textures around. With its superior ball physics and unparalleled attention to detail, "Links 2003" is the perfect complement to playing a real round of golf.

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