Tiger Joins the Fray for Tavistock Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 21, 2005, 5:00 pm
04 Tavistock CupThe organizers of the second-annual Tavistock Cup, a charitable event pitting some of the world's top golf stars from Isleworth and Lake Nona Country Clubs in Orlando against each other, have announced that Tiger Woods will join the fray at this year's event.
The event, to be telecast live and exclusively on The Golf Channel, will be played on Monday and Tuesday following this weeks Players Championship.
The rosters of the two teams read like a whos who of past and present Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup squads.
Joining Tiger on the Isleworth side is team captain Mark OMeara, Australians Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby and Craig Parry, along with Americans Charles Howell, Scott Hoch, Lee Janzen and John Cook.
The Lake Nona team consists of captain Ernie Els and fellow countryman Retief Goosen, the worlds No. 1 womens player Annika Sorenstam, Englishmen Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Mark McNulty and Nick Faldo, rounded out with Spains Sergio Garcia.
This impressive list of players have combined for 34 major championships and a staggering 532 career worldwide victories. Lake Nona holds bragging rights in both departments with 18 major titles and 297 victories to 16 majors and 235 victories for Isleworth, respectively.
Isleworth, however, did win the first match up between the two teams last year with a 14 to 9 victory. That victory was earned not only without the services of Mr. Woods but it came on Lake Nonas home course as well. The event this year will be played at Isleworth.
We are pleased to be staging the 2005 Tavistock Cup at the beautiful Isleworth Country Club, stated Christopher Anand, a co-director of the Tavistock Group and Chairman of the tournament. The enthusiasm and support for this highly anticipated rematch from players, fans, press and repeat sponsors like Hughes Supply has been outstanding.
Day 1 of the Tavistock Cup will feature Four-ball Medal Match Play pitting two players from Isleworth against two players from Lake Nona. Within the four-ball, the two-person team with the lowest 18-hole batter-ball score will win the match. A total of 8 points will be available on Monday.
On Day 2 of the competition, Single Medal Match Play will challenge both players from Isleworth and Lake Nona within a foursome. For example, if Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Mark OMeara and Tiger Woods tee off in a foursome, then Els will be playing singles against both Tiger and OMeara. Simultaneously, Garcia will be playing a singles match against Tiger for one point and OMeara for a single point.
Each player on the winning team will receive $125,000 and each player on the losing team will receive $50,000. In addition, there will be $150,000 purse for lowest score on Day 2 - $100,000 for first place and $50,000 for second.
Over $500,000 will be distributed to multiple charities, including The First Tee and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Play begins Monday at 11:00 a.m. (ET) with The Golf Channel picking up coverage from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Golf Channel will show a re-broadcast of the event each night in Primetime.

Lake Nona Isleworth
Ernie Els ' Captain Mark OMeara ' Captain
Annika Sorenstam Tiger Woods
Retief Goosen Stuart Appleby
Sergio Garcia Craig Parry
Ian Poulter Robert Allenby
Trevor Immelman Charles Howell III
Justin Rose Scott Hoch
Nick Faldo Lee Janzen
Mark McNulty John Cook

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    Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

    PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

    She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

    “I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

    Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

    “Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

    She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

    “I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

    Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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    “Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

    She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

    “They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

    Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

    While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

    “Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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    Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

    PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

    In fact, she named her “Mona.”

    For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

    While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

    And that has her excited about this year.

    Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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    “I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

    Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    “Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

    Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

    She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

    Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.

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    Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

    By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

    PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.

    Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.

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    Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.

    Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.

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    Ko's struggles continue with Founders MC

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:26 am

    PHOENIX – Lydia Ko loves the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and its celebration of the game’s pioneers, and that made missing the cut Friday sting a little more.

    With a 1-over-par 73 following Thursday’s 74, Ko missed the cut by four shots.

    After tying for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in her last start, Ko looked to be turning a corner in her quest to find her best form again, but she heads to next week’s Kia Classic with more work to do.

    “I just have to stay patient,” Ko said. “I just have to keep my head high.”

    It was just the fifth missed cut in Ko’s 120 career LPGA starts, but her fourth in her last 26 starts.

    Ko’s ball striking has been erratic this year, but her putting has been carrying her. She said her putting let her down Friday.

    “It seemed like I couldn’t hole a single putt,” she said. “When I missed greens, I just wasn’t getting up and down. When I got a birdie opportunity, I wasn’t able to hole it.”

    Ko came to Phoenix ranked 112th in driving distance, 121st in driving accuracy and 83rd in greens in regulation. She was sixth in putting average.

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    Cristie Kerr saw the struggle playing two rounds with Ko.

    “Her game’s not in good shape,” Kerr said. “She seemed a little lost.”

    Ko, 20, made those sweeping changes last year, starting 2017 with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), a new caddie (Peter Godfrey) and new equipment (PXG). She made more changes at this year’s start, with another new coach (Ted Oh) and new caddie (Jonnie Scott).

    Ko doesn’t have to look further than Michelle Wie to see how a player’s game can totally turn around.

    “It always takes time to get used to things,” Ko said. “By the end of last year, I was playing solid. I’m hoping it won’t take as much time this year.”

    Ko had Oh fly to Asia to work with her in her two starts before the Founders Cup, with their work showing up in her play at the HSBC in Singapore. She said she would be talking to Oh again before heading to the Kia Classic next week and then the ANA Inspiration. She has won both of those events and will be looking to pull some good vibes from that.

    “This is my favorite stretch of events,” she said. “And I love the Founders Cup, how it celebrates all the generations that have walked through women’s golf. And I love the West Coast swing. Hopefully, I’ll make more putts next week.”

    Ko, whose run of 85 consecutive weeks at Rolex world No. 1 ended last summer, slipped to No. 12 this week.