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Isleworth Takes Tavistock Rules Orlando

04 Tavistock CupORLANDO, Fla. -- Neither Annika nor Ernie nor home-course advantage could deny Isleworth Country Club victory in the Tavistock Cup.
The visiting side took 10 of the 16 points up for grabs Tuesday afternoon at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club to win the inaugural event, pitting the two exclusive Orlando-area clubs against one another in a two-day competition, 14 - 9.
We didnt perform to our capabilities, but so it goes, said Lake Nona captain Ernie Els. We look forward to a rematch; it was fun.
It also gave Isleworths Mark OMeara a 1-0 record in a captains role
Who knows, maybe the PGA of America will take a look at it, OMeara joked about being a possible Ryder Cup captain in 2006. You guys (the media) put a good word in for me for the Ryder Cup job in Ireland, because I would certainly like to do it.
Tuesdays format consisted of 16 singles matches. Teams went out in four foursomes with each team member playing a stroke-play match against the two opposing players in his/her group.
Isleworth won 10 matches and halved one.
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The most high-profile match featured Els and Annika Sorenstam against Isleworths Robert Allenby and Lee Janzen.
Sorenstam substituted for Sven Struver. She did not play Monday due to a scheduling conflict. She conducted a sponsor clinic in California ' after having played in last weeks Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, and flew cross-continent Monday night to make Day 2 of the competition.
Her stay was brief, however, as she planned to head back to Los Angeles Wednesday morning to compete in the LPGA Tours Office Depot Championship, which starts Friday.
Playing from the back tees, which measure 7,005 yards, the 49-time LPGA winner piped her first drive straight down the center of the fairway. She went on to make par, but missed a four-footer at the second to drop a shot.
She was 3 over for the round until she recorded her first and only birdie of the day at the par-4 14th. Her approach shot from the rough finished six feet from the hole. She made the putt and raised both arms over her head in mock triumph.
Sorenstam gave the shot back and then some, bogeying her final three holes for a 5-over 77.
I felt I hit the ball really good, Sorenstam said. Obviously, the course is a lot longer than Im used to, and the greens are definitely harder and faster than Im used to.
For me, this was a great learning experience and thats why Im here.
Sorenstam lost both of her matches, despite Janzen and Allenby having a pair of shaky back nines to shoot 73 and 75, respectively.
Els, meanwhile, started sluggishly with a 1-over 37 on the front side, but came home in 1-under 35 to beat both Janzen and Allenby with an even-par 72.
The day started with the two sides deadlocked at 4-4 following Mondays four-ball session.
In the first match of the day, Isleworth won three of the available four points.
Stuart Appleby birdied his final three holes to shoot 6-under 66 and defeat both Retief Goosen (67) and Sergio Garcia (73) of Lake Nona. Darren Clarke had a 72, which was good enough to beat Garcia, but not Goosen.
Clarke made a 15-foot birdie at the last to pull to even par. Garcia had an opportunity to earn a half-point in tying their individual match, but missed his birdie putt from eight feet.
Isleworth dominated Match 2.
OMeara and Craig Parry, who filled in for John Cook Tuesday, easily won each of their two individual matches. Both players shot 3-under 69, while Ian Poulter (75) and Nick Faldo (78) of Lake Nona failed to break par.
I just want to know what Ian Poulter and Nick Faldo were thinking about. I mean, theres a couple of guys here that would give you two a side for those scores, Els joked in the post-tournament ceremony.
Trailing 11-5, the host team was unable to make a late rally over the final two matches to keep the Cup on Lake Nona grounds.
Isleworth earned the requisite 1 points needed for victory in Match 3.
Isleworths Charles Howell III defeated Lake Nonas Trevor Immelman, 71-72, while Scott Hoch earned a half with Immelman, matching his even-par performance.
Lake Nonas Justin Rose won both of his individual matches by shooting 2-under 70.
Match 4 was halved, 2-2.
The winners pocketed $100,000 apiece, while the losing side collected $50,000 a player.
Appleby earned an additional $50,000 for shooting the lowest score on Day 2. Goosen got $30,000 for finishing in second place, and OMeara and Parry split $20,000 in tying for third.
No one was able to claim any of the par-3 team prizes, which included BMW automobiles, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Nautique by Correct Craft performance boats.
The prizes were on offer to all team members if any individual made a hole-in-one.
Each of the nine Isleworth team members picked up some extra cash ' and they have Clarke to thank for it.
The team with the most eagles over the two-day competition earned $10,000 per person. Clarke was the only player to make an eagle, doing so Tuesday on the par-5 ninth.
Tuesday Singles Results:
Retief Goosen (LN) 67 Darren Clarke (I) 72
Retief Goosen (LN) 67 Stuart Appleby (I) 66
Sergio Garcia (LN) 73 Darren Clarke (I) 72
Sergio Garcia (LN) 73 Stuart Appleby (I) 66
Ian Poulter (LN) 75 Mark OMeara (I) 69
Ian Poulter (LN) 75 Craig Parry (I) 69
Nick Faldo (LN) 78 Mark OMeara (I) 69
Nick Faldo (LN) 78 Craig Parry (I) 69
Trevor Immelman (LN) 72 Charles Howell III (I) 71
Trevor Immelman (LN) 72 Scott Hoch (I) 72
Justin Rose (LN) 70 Charles Howell III (I) 71
Justin Rose (LN) 70 Scott Hoch (I) 72
Ernie Els (LN) 72 Robert Allenby (I) 75
Ernie Els (LN) 72 Lee Janzen (I) 73
Annika Sorenstam (LN) 77 Robert Allenby (I) 75
Annika Sorenstam (LN) 77 Lee Janzen (I) 73
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