Tavistock just got more colorful

By Win McMurryJanuary 14, 2011, 4:05 am

Tavistock Group announced Thursday that the Tavistock Cup, the annual backyard brawl between Isleworth and Lake Nona, will no longer simply be the “friendly cross-town rivalry” that began in 2004.

For the first time, a club outside of Tavistock Group, Queenwood just outside of London, will participate in addition to a new luxury resort community, Albany, that opened last year in the Bahamas developed by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
 Last year’s format pitted 10 players from each of the two clubs against each other in two rounds of play. The first round was a fourball match play format with two-person teams. Round 2 was composed of fourball singles medal match play where each player played 18 holes of stroke play against each opposing two players in the group. Fifteen-and-a-half points were needed for a club to be crowned “World Golf and Country Club Champion.”

The release did not detail the new format, but did reveal that each club will now be represented by six professional members who will play for prize money and team hole-in-one prizes in addition to the title. Traditionally, the interclub match has alternated between Isleworth (whose team and fans dress in red) and Lake Nona (clad in blue), but this year returns to Isleworth for the second year in a row.

Teams for each club have not yet been announced, but coverage is schedule to air on Golf Channel during the event held March 14-15. Last year’s Tavistock Cup players from Isleworth were Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Arjun Atwal, John Cook, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Lee Janzen, Nick O’Hern, Mark O’Mera and Brian Davis. From Lake Nona the team was composed of Ben Curtis, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Ross Fisher and Peter Hanson.

In 2010, the two clubs combined for 745 worldwide titles including 54 major championships; but according to the release the four clubs now boast a combined membership that has accumulated more than 825 worldwide victories including 59 major championships. Reigning U.S. Open champion McDowell and two-time 2010 major champion on the LPGA Yani Tseng (both of Lake Nona) add three more majors to the total from last year, four more with Tseng’s 2008 LPGA Championship victory. Paula Creamer (Isleworth) adds another with her 2010 U.S. Women’s Open title.

Albany’s membership list is still brand new and has overlaps with the roster of players from Isleworth and Lake Nona. Queenwood, established in 2001, reportedly only has 350 members including Els and former Ryder Cup players Darren Clarke, David Howell, and Paul McGinley. Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Grant are also rumored to be members of the elite A-list club designed by David Kidd (known for his work at Bandon Dunes), which is considered to be the most secretive in the UK.

A unique aspect of the invitation-only event is the sea of red and blue that highlight the fairways. In order to gain admittance into the tournament, everyone must don one of the colors to show their allegiance to one of the teams. The colors of the new teams have not been announced, but it is rumored Albany will be white and from the looks of the Queenwood website I’d imagine they will be either dark green or gold.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.