Isleworth Lake Nona to Do Battle

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 23, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Tavistock CupApproximately 30 PGA Tour players live in the Orlando, Fla. area, either full- or part-time. Five more are from the Champions Tour and 10 from the LPGA. Throw in 50 more from the Nationwide or the minor tours and there are approximately 100 pro golfers who call Central Florida home in the golf season.
 
Two of Orlandos golf clubs, Lake Nona and Isleworth, have the lions share of the top pros. Both clubs, coincidentally, have the same ownership ' the Tavistock Corp. So it was natural that the clubs would eventually have a competition. The rivalry begins March 29-30 (Live on TGC at 1:00 p.m. ET; Re-airs at 7:30 p.m.) when the first Tavistock Cup presented by Hughes Supply, Inc., is played.
 
Mark OMeara will be captain of the Isleworth team and Ernie Els will captain the Lake Nona crew. OMeara has struck the first blow, a little psychological gambit, by saying that, You know, weve got to play well to beat them, because I think their team is a little bit better than ours.
 
Joining OMeara on the Isleworth team will be Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Darren Clark, John Cook, Scott Hoch, Charles Howell III, Lee Janzen and Craig Parry.

The other members of the Lake Nona team are Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Annika Sorenstam and Sven Struver.

The two-day Tavistock Cup is scheduled to be televised live on The Golf Channel in the United States, Canada, and BSKYBs Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
 
Its not like the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, said Els. This is for bragging rights in Orlando.
 
OMeara has an underlying reason why he assumed the captaincy. He said, only half-jokingly, that he certainly is aware that the Ryder Cup will be played in 2006 in Europe.
 
Maybe if our team does well, the PGA of America will look at that and say, Hey, maybe Mark OMeara will be good for that job over in Ireland, he said.
 
The No. 1 name in golf ' Tiger Woods ' lives in Orlando and is a member at Isleworth. He will not play in the Tavistock Cup, however. Though he has not given a reason publicly, it is understood that he is bound by contract to play non-tour events in the U.S. only on the ABC network, which shares ownership with the Walt Disney Corp. Woods has a lucrative endorsement contract with Disney.
 
The Tavistock has been in the making since last summer. Look at the players who play on the PGA Tour or worldwide golf that are members of our clubs, said OMeara. So ' its pretty unique. I dont think theres anyplace else in the world that has the players of this quality in two clubs. The players are there because they are welcomed there, its obviously a secured environment, its a great place to practice.
 
There is such a large amount of players that, embarrassingly, Parry was omitted when the competition was first planned. Parrys prime residence is in Australia and the tournament organizer, Joe Lewis, claimed he didnt have Parrys telephone number in Sydney. However, Parry won the Doral event upon his return to the States and he was hurriedly added to the Isleworth delegation.
 
I think that was important, said OMeara. We had a couple of new developments ' Darren Clarke moved into the development, and hes a high-ranked world player. Then we had a little situation where we had too many guys.
 
My suggestion to Mr. Lewis and the tournament committee was, I dont want to be the guy who says who does play and who doesnt play. But Craig Parry has lived in Isleworth a long time, about as long as Ive lived there. He won at Doral, and I said, He needs to play, and if its him playing one day and me playing one day, Im happy to do that.
 
John Cooks been injured, so we talked about it, John was more than receptive, play one day and let Craig play the other day.
 
Sorenstam is in a similar playing situation. She will be between two tournaments in California and will make a transcontinental flight back home to Orlando to participate for one day, then scramble to the airport to fly back to the West Coast the next day. She and Struver will alternate days for the Lake Nona team.
 
Weve got Annika playing over there, weve got uniforms and everything, so its going to be good. Theres going to be some ribbing going on, OMeara said with a laugh. Its a little bit competition, a little bit exhibition.
 
The teams will play for total prize money of $2.5 million ($1.5 million purse with an $1 million in par-3 prizes.) Lake Nona is the location.
 
The first team to accumulate 12-1/2 points wins. Each player on the winning team will receive $100,000, and each player on the losing team will receive $50,000. In addition, there will be a $100,000 purse for the low individual score on Day 2 of $50,000 for first place, $30,000 for second and $20,000 for third.

Entire team prizes will be awarded for spectacular individual performance on any of the four par-3 holes. If a player makes a hole-in-one, the player wins the prize and a prize for all seven of their individual teammates. BMW automobiles, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Nautiques by Correct Craft performance boats are the individual and team prizes for these holes.

Also, there will be a $10,000 cash award to each member of the team with the highest number of eagles throughout the two-day event.

The Tavistock Cup will not be open to the public.

Therell be a little yapping going on out there, said OMeara. No player in their right mind enjoys losing.
 
On the other hand, were not going to stay in that mode. If Lake Nona wins, thats great. And if we win, thats fine, too. There WILL be some ribbing going on.
 
Eight players from each team play each day, with eight points
available under the first days fourball (better-ball) medal
patchplay format. Under that format, the two-person team with the
lowest 18-hole better-ball total wins the match.
 
On Tuesday, the players will go out in foursomes and play singles
matches against each of the opposing two other players in their
foursome. Essentially, each player plays two singles matches with
16 points up for grabs.
 

The pairings are:
 
Monday (Fourball)
 
Els-Struver (LN) vs.
OMeara-Clarke (I)
 
Faldo-Immelman (LN) vs.
Howell III-Cook (I)
 
Poulter-Rose (LN) vs.
Appleby-Allenby (I)
 
Goosen-Garcia (LN) vs.
Hoch-Janzen (I)
 
Tuesday (Fourball Singles)
 
Goosen (LN) vs. Clarke (I)
Garcia (LN) vs. Appleby (I)
Goosen (LN) vs. Appleby (I)
Garcia (LN) vs. Clarke (I)
Poulter (LN) vs. OMeara (I)
Faldo (LN) vs. Parry (I)
Poulter (LN) vs. Parry (I)
Faldo (LN) vs. OMeara (I)
Immelman (LN) vs. Howell III (I)
Rose (LN) vs. Hoch (I)
Immelman (LN) vs. Hoch (I)
Rose (LN) vs. Howell III (I)
Els (LN) vs. Allenby (I)
Sorenstam (LN) vs. Janzen (I)
Els (LN) vs. Janzen (I)
Sorenstam (LN) vs. Allenby (I)
 
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  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    ''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

    The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

    Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

    ''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

    First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

    ''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

    ''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''