WINDERMERE, Fla. – In his first day as the new world No. 1, Tiger Woods was up to his same old tricks.
Just on a much smaller scale, of course.
Needing a par on the final hole to send Team Albany into a playoff at the Tavistock Cup, Woods holed a slippery 6-footer down the slope to force extra holes against Lake Nona.
On the first playoff hole, Woods’ partner, Ian Poulter, made a 7-foot birdie putt to end Lake Nona’s four-year winning streak. It was Albany’s first victory at the event, which was held this year at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
“We’ve seen that a few times on the opposite side at the Ryder Cup,” joked Woods.
Woods, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday to return to No. 1 in the world, mixed two bogeys with a birdie during a 1-over 73.
Medalist honors - and the Payne Stewart Salver Award - went to Webb Simpson, who shot 2-under 70 on a day when the temperatures never rose above 60 degrees and the wind gusted to 35 mph. Graeme McDowell was the only other player under par, shooting 71. Ross Fisher, Scott Verplank, Bubba Watson and Poulter all shot even.
But the hero was Poulter, as it has been so many other times in head-to-head competitions.
When asked about his clutch putting, Poulter shrugged, “I’d like to do it a bit more often. I just see it and hit it and make a few sometimes.”