By Steve Elling
DORAL, Fla. -- It's intended by design to be a boutique event, yet has been derided for being closed to the general public and characterized as a glorified cash grab for players, among other insults.
Nonetheless, it's back for iteration No. 9.
The Tavistock Cup matches this year will be held at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, with four six-man teams competing for an array of cash and assorted prizes.
The two-day event will be held March 19-20, the Monday and Tuesday of the Arnold Palmer Invitational across town at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The four clubs participating all have ownership ties to the corporate host of the event, the Tavistock Group.
All the back story aside, Tiger Woods is playing, so some eyeballs will surely be watching on the Golf Channel, which will air live coverage.
The roster for Albany, a club located in the Bahamas, features Tim Clark, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Woods. Isleworth’s lineup is Robert Allenby, Daniel Chopra, Charles Howell III, Sean O’Hair, Bo Van Pelt and Bubba Watson.
Lake Nona, which won last year, has Ben Curtis, Ross Fisher, Retief Goosen, Peter Hanson, Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland. Team Queenwood, a club from England, is made up of Thomas Bjorn, David Howell, Soren Kjeldsen, Tom Lewis, Paul McGinley and Adam Scott.
Lewis is an intriguing pick. He turned pro last season after a stellar performance in the British Open as an amateur and is entered in next week's PGA Tour event, the Transitions Championship, outside Tampa.
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