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Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 4:14 pm

Woods leads Tavistock roster picks at Lake Nona

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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Category: Golf
Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:23 pm

Wilson finally wins -- and he's counting it

ORLANDO. Fla. -- For Oliver Wilson, no tact was required.

His victory in the individual stroke-play portion of the Tavistock Cup competition on Tuesday marked his first victory as a professional. So it obviously had been a long time between wins, it was politely noted.

"It's not 'between?'" the Englishman laughed. "No, let's be honest."

OK, it was his first win in forever. Wilson, an Augusta State product, had played in 167 European Tour events without a victory, amassing nine runner-up finishes. He also played a season on the developmental Challenge Tour without a victory.

His last victory came when he had five wins while playing on his college golf team. Which, incidentally, used a format a lot like this week's event, an inter-team competition between clubs from Orlando, England and the Bahamas.

He won $200,000 for posting a 7-under 65, the lowest score on Tuesday's stroke-play portion of the competition, and another $100,000 for being on the winning team, Lake Nona, a club in Orlando where Wilson is building a home to serve as his U.S. base.

Locked in a tight battle with Robert Allenby and two others, Wilson eagled the 17th hole when he holed a 30-yard pitch shot with a fantastic, spinning wedge from an impossible location.

"One in a million," Allenby said.

Wilson didn’t deny it. Given the same shot 10 more times, Wilson said he'd feel fortunate to keep one of them on the green at all. He then birdied the 18th from six feet after a perfect fairway bunker shot from 211 yards, beating a stacked field that included Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott for a total of 23 other players.

"It would be nice if this came with some world-ranking points, but it's still a good shot of confidence," Wilson laughed. "I had a bad year and I have done some great work on my golf swing the past few weeks and I feel very positive with.

"I was a bit apprehensive playing this week, because I just had to trust it. I wasn't really [ready]."

A handful of players had a chance at the end to win the individual title, but nobody could remotely match Wilson's two brilliant shots on the last two holes. Woods was never a factor and finished 3 under. Lake Nona ran away with the team competition by 16 strokes with a two-day total of 43 under for its six players.

"It was good to put my game under pressure," Wilson said. "It was nice to hit those shots down the stretch with it all on the line. It was nice to play like that on a course like this and hopefully I can carry it forward."

Wilson, ranked No. 105 in the world, thinks he needs to play more often in team fare. After all, between college and the six-man teams in the Tavistock club format, he's had some pretty good success.

"Maybe that's it," he said of the cure to his tournament drought. "Form a team."


Category: Golf
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 2:58 pm

Orlando ready to bid adieu to Woods

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Once upon a time, when it became known that Tiger Woods had bought property in Jupiter and was planning to move down the coast, a columnist in the Orlando Sentinel jokingly suggested that the city build a canal from to the ocean to the lakes behind his home so that Tiger could park his $22 million yacht in Orlando.

You know, as an inducement to keep him from leaving.

Those days are long, long gone. Some are hoping the same phrase will soon apply to Woods himself.

Monday in the newspaper's business section, printed the morning Woods was set to appear in the two-round Tavistock Cup matches at his home club, Isleworth, the newspaper did all but say good riddance.

Wrote Sentinel business columnist Beth Kassab, who has generally gushed about anything related to the Tavistock Group -- which owns Isleworth -- over the years: "In some ways, Isleworth's loss of prestige by being associated with Woods happened more than a year ago, when the world's most publicized driveway fender bender led to the unraveling of golfer's image and game. His name was once a big selling point for real estate agents and businesses touting the area as a hot neighborhood. But that sentiment has cooled."

It seems that few buyers want to live near to the fallen world No. 1.

"We held him in really high regard," Vic Miesel, who specializes in luxury home sales in the Windermere area at Maingate Real Estate, told the newspaper. "The luster of his fame has definitely worn off on a lot of people."

In fact, some residents grew so tired of the army of cameras parked outside the gates or helicopters hovering overhead last year that they complained openly about his presence. When Woods hired private security to park outside his home, it annoyed some of his neighbors, who got the evil eye when they drove past.

Woods is building a new manse on Jupiter Island with a completion and move-in date set for "pretty soon," he said vaguely last week in Miami.

The newspaper said that 14 percent of the multi-million-dollar homes in Isleworth are for sale.

Category: Golf
Posted on: March 12, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: March 12, 2010 11:05 am

'Unprecedented security' for Tavistock planned

DORAL, Fla. -- At this point, given the conflicting information and unsourced leaks, we might as well resort to reading tea leaves.

A resident of the increasingly fortified Isleworth Country Club development where Tiger Woods resides said Friday that the community is bracing for "unprecedented security" at the upcoming Tavistock Cup matches.

Despite reports on Thursday indicating that Woods won't make his comeback until the Masters in April, neighbors are under the impression that Woods might still play in the Tavistock event, an unofficial, two-day affair beginning March 15 at Isleworth.

There are no ticket sales for the Tavistock, a private affair limited to around 4,000 or 5,000 members, corporate sponsors and invitees. Tavistock officials have formulated two sets of logistics plans -- one for minimal attendance if Woods doesn't play, and another for the Armageddon that could ensue if he does.

A record number of media outlets have requested credentials on the chance that Woods actually plays and the cozy Tavistock event, which isn't really equipped to handle the increased traffic. At this point, Woods hasn't made any official statement about any playing plans, though he has been practicing steadily for the past two weeks.

"We have heard that security is going to be at unprecedented levels," the resident told CBSSports.com. "Security is going to be by land, sea and air."

That's not just a one-liner, either. The Isleworth community is surrounded by the publicly accessible Butler Chain of Lakes, and members of the Lake Nona team are ferried across town to Isleworth in helicopters. Paparazzi have buzzed Isleworth for months in helicopters, hoping to get a shot of Woods or his wife, Elin.

Tavistock has yet to notify any media outlets whether they will be granted access.

The Isleworth resident said the T-Cup's cop-heavy plans being discussed among residents could just be the fallback scenario in case Woods elects to play. So far, Tavistock officials have not yet announced the roster composition. In fact, the tournament hasn't even announced when the rosters will be finalized.

"It [the security framework] could just be their contingency plan," the resident said.

There has been whispers among the players as to whether the Tavistock officials really want Woods to play, given the logistics headaches that could follow. To date, Tavistock officials haven't commented or responded to queries on anything regarding Woods' status.
Category: Golf
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