Lake Nona wins Tavistock Cup

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Lake Nona have won the Tavistock Cup with a 17-13 victory over rivals Isleworth in Florida.

Lake Nona have won the Tavistock Cup with a 17-13 victory over rivals Isleworth in Florida.

The annual clash of the exclusive golf estates brings together two 10-man teams, with takings going towards local charities.

Ernie Els’ Lake Nona side built on their 6-4 overnight lead, although Nick O’Hern of Isleworth led the way with a seven-under-par 67 – the Australian earning the Payne Stewart salver for the lowest individual score of the two days.

O’Hern’s round won him points against Els and Graeme McDowell, although the Blues’ pair both bettered the score of Isleworth’s Brian Davis to level the top match.

Isleworth’s Charles Howell carded a 68 to beat South Africans Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman, although Lake Nona hit back with Ross Fisher defeating Arjun Atwal and Lee Janzen courtesy of a 69.

England’s Justin Rose was another Lake Nona man to double up with wins against Stuart Appleby and Mark O’Meara, taking his side four points up with the final match going down the 18th.

A draw was still possible but Ian Poulter fought back on the back nine to card a 68 for Lake Nona and although both he and Henrik Stenson missed birdie putts on the last, the match with Robert Allenby and JB Holmes was squared.

The result means that Lake Nona have levelled the overall rivalry at 3-3 with one match drawn and have also become the first club to win on the other’s course.

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