Lake Nona leads Tavistock Cup

Playing without Tiger Woods, Isleworth trail Lake Nona 6-4 after Monday’s first round of the Tavistock Cup.

Playing without their World number one, Tiger Woods, host Isleworth trail Lake Nona 6-4 after Monday’s first round of the Tavistock Cup.

In the annual match between US PGA Tour players who own houses or reside on either one of the two Florida golf estates, England’s Ian Poulter and Justin Rose went seven-under par to beat Australian Nick O’Hern and American JB Holmes and clinch the first round after the rival clubs had matched each other 4-4 in the first four matches of the two-day tournament at Isleworth.

World number one Woods had considered playing in the event, but later said his preparations to return from a golf break taken after an infidelity scandal exploded around him were not sufficiently advanced to enable him to compete.

Instead he singled out the Masters as the event at which he will make his comeback.

On Monday, teams of two played each other in four-ball, betterball matches over 18-holes with the winning pair of each match picking up two points, but today, Tuesday, a head-to-head singles format will be used with a singles win being worth two points and with 20 points at stake in the 10 matches.

Aussies Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby of Isleworth, with a five-under par score, narrowly edged South Africans Ernie Els and Trevor Immelman in the first match of the day to take their team into the lead and Isleworth moved further ahead when the US pair of Mark O’Meara and John Cook beat England’s Ross Fisher and American Ben Curtis.

But Lake Nona hit back when Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Sweden’s Peter Hanson went seven-under to beat India’s Arjun Atwal and US veteran Lee Janze before the visitors equalized when South Africa’s Retief Goosen and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson went eight-under to down England’s Brian Davis and American Charles Howell.

That set up the day with the crucial finishing fifth match in which the Rose-Poulter duo were to go on to their round-grabbing win.

Isleworth leads the five-year-old rivalry 3-2 with one tournament drawn.