Tigers Match-Up Pairings Set for Tavistock Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2008, 4:00 pm
Tavistock CupORLANDO, Fla. -- Tavistock Cup, the ultimate crosstown rivalry between Isleworth and Lake Nonas international golf stars, has set pairings for the unique team competition, with Isleworths John Cook and Tiger Woods matched up against Lake Nonas Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson in the first group.
Held Monday and Tuesday, March 24 and 25, the Tavistock Cup presented by CitiPrivate Bank returns to Isleworth Golf & Country Club. Players will compete for a purse of $3.88 million and team hole-in-one prizes including 2009 Cadillac Escalade hybrids, Correct Craft Air Nautique boats, Full Swing golf simulators and a Cartier gifting experience.
Additionally, $1 million of the purse will be donated on behalf of the winning team to the charities of their choice, bringing the five-year charitable total to more than $3.5 million.
Day 1 Better Ball

players from Lake Nona listed first; Isleworth second
Group 1 - 1:42 p.m.
Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson vs. John Cook, Tiger Woods
Group 2 - 1:54 p.m.
Trevor Immelman, Mark McNulty vs. Charles Howell III, Mark OMeara
Group 3 - 2:06 p.m.
Chris DiMarco, Ernie Els vs. Robert Allenby, Nick OHern
Group 4 - 2:18 p.m.
Ben Curtis, Ian Poulter vs. Daniel Chopra, J.B. Holmes
Group 5 - 2:30 p.m.
Retief Goosen, Justin Rose vs. Stuart Appleby, Craig Parry
Round 1 will be a Fourball Medal Match Play. Within the fourball, the two-person team with the lowest 18-hole better ball total will win the match. Each win is worth 2 points, a tie is worth 1 point and a loss is worth 0 points. In total, there will be 10 points awarded for Round 1.
Day Two Singles
players from Lake Nona listed first; Isleworth second
Group 1 - 11:05 a.m.
Annika Sorenstam vs. Paula Creamer
Group 2 - 11:17 a.m.
Graeme McDowell vs. John Cook
Mark McNulty vs. John Cook
Graeme McDowell vs. Mark OMeara
Mark McNulty vs. Mark OMeara
Group 3 - 11:29 a.m.
Chris DiMarco vs. Daniel Chopra
Ian Poulter vs. Daniel Chopra
Chris DiMarco vs. J.B. Holmes
Ian Poulter vs. J.B. Holmes
Group 4 - 11:41 a.m.
Ernie Els vs. Robert Allenby
Trevor Immelman vs. Robert Allenby
Ernie Els vs. Stuart Appleby
Trevor Immelman vs. Stuart Appleby
Group 5 - 11:53 a.m.
Ben Curtis vs. Craig Parry
Henrik Stenson vs. Craig Parry
Ben Curtis vs. Nick OHern
Henrik Stenson vs. Nick OHern
Group 6 - 12:05 p.m.
Retief Goosen vs. Charles Howell
Justin Rose vs. Charles Howell
Retief Goosen vs. Tiger Woods
Justin Rose vs. Tiger Woods
Round 2 will be a Fourball Singles Medal Match Play format. Each player in the group plays an 18-hole stroke play singles match against each of the opposing two players; therefore, each player plays two singles matches. If there is a two-ball match, each player will play a singles match against their opponent. A win is worth 1 point, a tie is worth point and a loss is worth 0 points. In total there will be 21 points awarded for Round 2.
As a result, it will take 16 points to win the Tavistock Cup and be crowned the World Golf and Country Club Champion.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

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    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

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    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

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    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

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    Lexi Thompson:

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