Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and Isleworth Country Club played to a draw on Day 1 of the inaugural Tavistock Cup (TGC coverage 1:00 p.m ET; Re-air 7:30 p.m ET).
Each team won two of the four four-ball (better-ball), stroke-play matches.
A win was worth two points; a tie one point.
Following a brief encounter with a practicing Tiger Woods on Isleworth grounds, OMeara and his boys hopped on a couple of helicopters, choppered the requisite 25 miles, and landed on the Lake Nona practice range.
That was kind of freaky this morning, said Lake Nona captain Ernie Els. I came in with my car, parked it under the tree here, and I went, Whats going on here? Is the President coming?
Just all of OMearas men, who were outfitted in red shirts and black slacks.
'Next year, we'll go in G-4s,' kidded Lake Nona's Sergio Garcia, whose team wore yellow shirts and beige slacks.
Els joined with Sven Struver to give the host team the first Cup point, shooting 7-under 65 to OMeara and Darren Clarkes 68.
They won the first hole with a par and never trailed.
I wish I could have played like this yesterday, joked Els, who was 5 under on his own ball, in reference to his final-round 78 at The Players Championship.
Charles Howell III and John Cook squared the match by beating Nick Faldo and Trevor Immelman, 66-67.
Lake Nona won the 17th hole in that match when Cook hit his tee shot on the par-3 hole into the water and Faldo nearly jarred his.
That evened the overall score, with both teams at 5 under.
But Cook redeemed himself at the last by making a 25-foot birdie to win the first two points for Isleworth.
That was the only shot I missed all day, Cook said of his tee shot at 17. I wanted to atone for that on 18.
Isleworth took a 4-2 lead as good friends and countrymen Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby defeated Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, 67-69.
In the final match of the day, Lee Janzen and Scott Hoch proved the victims of a bad pairing. They did well together ' that wasnt the issue ' it was their opponents that posed the problem.
Janzen and Hochs 67 was good, but not good enough, as Retief Goosen and Garcia totaled a 10-under 62.
We combined perfectly, said Garcia. When I was out of a hole, he was spot on. And then when he was a bit out of the hole, I was in it.
Each player from the winning team will receive $100,000, while members of the losing side will get $50,000 each.
No one was able Monday to claim any of the extra prizes in the par-3 challenges.
BMW Z4s, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Nautique Super Air-210 by Correct Craft performance boats are on award if a player gets a hole-in-one. Should a player ace one of the four par-3s, he or she will win one of these prizes for each member of his or her team.
Tuesdays format will consist of 16 singles matches.
The players will go out in foursomes and play a stroke-play match against each member of the opposing team. Essentially, each individual will be playing two singles matches.
A win is worth one point; a half worth point.
The player with the lowest Tuesday total gets a $50,000 bonus; second place $30,000; third place $20,000.
There is also a $10,000 award for each member of the team with the highest eagle total throughout the two days.
No eagles were made Monday.
Annika Sorenstam will replace Sven Struver on Team Lake Nona, while Doral winner Craig Parry will step in for Cook.
Tuesday (Four-ball 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)