Tiger shines but Isleworth in front

Tiger Woods maintained some of his Sunday form at the Blue Monster in Monday’s 1st round of the Tavistock Cup.

Tiger Woods maintained some of the stellar form that produced a closing 66 at the Blue Monster on Sunday in Monday’s first round of the Tavistock Cup in Orlando.

And this ahead of next month’s Masters at Augusta where he will have the chance to win for a 6th time and take his number of Major victories to 15.

Playing for new team Albany of the Bahamas alongside India’s Arjun Atwal in a contest that has been expanded from two to four teams, Woods and Atwal together shot a better-ball eight-under 64.

Best score of the day, though, was the 60 posted by Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and South Africa’s Retief Goosen for Lake Nona, one of the original Orlando teams, and matched by England’s Brian Davis and American JB Holmes for Isleworth, the second of the two initial adversaries.

England’s Justin Rose and Ian Poulter were next best with their 61 for Albany followed by team-mates Woods and Atwal.

Isleworth led this informal, non-PGA Tour event with a cumulative 30-under score after Monday’s first round with Albany just two strokes back and Lake Nona five off the pace.

The fourth team, another new one representing Queenswood of Surrey and made up of Darren Clarke, David Howell, Paul McGinley, Adam Scott, Soren Kjeldsen and Thomas Bjorn, is 14 shots behind the leaders and will have their work cut out to make up some ground in Tuesday’s final round of singles.

The teams are

Albany (Bahamas)
Arjun Atwal, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods

Isleworth (Florida, US)
Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Brian Davis, JB Holmes, Lee Janzen, Sean O’Hair

Lake Nona (Florida, US)
Ross Fisher, Graeme McDowell, Retief Goosen, Henrik Stenson, Peter Hanson, Oliver Wilson

Queenwood (Surrey, UK)
Thomas Bjorn, Soren Kjeldsen, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, David Howell, Adam Scott