ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods wasn’t going to lose twice in one day.
Hours after completing his final round and finishing fifth at the CA Championship, Woods and his team from Isleworth took a 7-3 lead over Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Monday’s opening round of the Tavistock Cup.
The two-day event pits pros from the two exclusive clubs against each other in a Ryder Cup-style competition.
Woods — whose six-month winning streak ended earlier in the day at Doral, when Geoff Ogilvy won the CA Championship — teamed with John Cook to halve a match against Lake Nona’s Graeme McDowell and Henrick Stenson, with both sides shooting 6-under 66.
Isleworth took three other best-ball matches outright: Mark O’Meara and Charles Howell III defeated Trevor Immelman and Mark McNulty 69-73, Daniel Chopra and J.B. Holmes edged Ben Curtis and Ian Poulter 65-66, and Robert Allenby and Nick O’Nern downed Chris DiMarco and Ernie Els 67-69.
Lake Nona’s lone win came in the final match of the day, with Retief Goosen and Justin Rose beating Stuart Appleby and Craig Parry 67-68.
“A long day,” said Woods, who teed off at Doral at 8:30 a.m. Monday, made the quick flight to Orlando and teed off there shortly before 2 p.m.
Singles matches will be held Tuesday, including one between Isleworth’s Paula Creamer and Lake Nona’s Annika Sorenstam. The five men’s pros on each team will play dueling singles matches against two players from the opposing club, meaning 21 points will be at stake.
Woods has won the individual title each of the past three years.