Not a bad life at the Tavistock Cup

By Jon LevyMarch 16, 2011, 5:00 am

WINDERMERE, Fla. – The sound of chirping, playful birds. Fresh, blooming flowers with vibrant shades of all the brightest colors scattered everywhere you look. Sunny skies. A warm, gentle spring breeze. Ponds and lakes dotted with moss and a subtle, inviting ripple floating across the water – all surrounded by amazing, drop-your-jaw mansions.

And grass. Perfect, not-a-blade-out-of-place, proud and arrogant, wonderfully green grass. Grass Tavistock Cup at Isleworththat burns inferiority into your psyche for ever watering or fertilizing your own lawn in a feeblish attempt to better it. Grass that makes you want to run out and join PETA for wearing shoes and walking on it, if by even the slightest measure you may harm or kill it.

Oh yeah, and there were 24 of the world’s best players slugging it out in a fun, yet ultra-competitive golf tournament that lingers somewhere between a Sunday four-ball and the Sunday of a major championship.

My first trip to the Tavistock Cup was as refreshing a look at a professional golf event as it was an injection of what living the life must be – how the other half does it.

Or, in this case, the tiny percentage of the world’s demographic that, this week, was divided into four distinct groups bearing four colors to support their teams – red for Isleworth, blue for Lake Nona, green for Queenwood and pink for Albany.

If you saw the images on Golf Channel's telecast, you saw the patrons – club members, or those with affiliation to one of the four clubs involved – wearing team shirts with pride.

Golf tournament? Lake Nona won the event if you care. The patrons sure didn't seem to.

When it comes down to it, the Tavistock Cup is the ultimate country club mixer, with a little bit of big-time golf thrown in. The gallery was as laid back as the players.

Take a Tuesday off of work and visit with friends while walking around, enjoying a cocktail and watching great golf? Who wouldn’t want to do that?

There were some ropes and marshals around greens and tees, and plenty of security, but to walk the fairways along side the players with no worry of talking on a cell phone or taking pictures – other than having normal golf etiquette, of course – is the truly unique aspect to this event.

It's a refreshing idea that professional golf really is entertainment, above all.

Below are some pictures from Tuesday at Isleworth:


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The giant – and fierce – bull on the joint first and 10th tees.

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Tiger Woods on the 10th tee.

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A beautiful backdrop to the 12th green.

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Tiger Woods on the 13th tee.

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A very colorful fairway.

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Graeme McDowell ready to hit a putt on the 10th green.

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A mobile 19th hole, fully stocked.


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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.