ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods shot an 8-under 64 Tuesday to win the stroke play competition at the Tavistock Cup.
Woods won the individual title at the Ryder Cup-styled event for the third straight year thanks to a run of seven straight birdies in the middle of the round at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club . Woods pocketed $500,000 for his efforts, but wasn’t sure just how many birdies he made.
“I have no idea,” said Woods, who beat Justin Rose by two strokes. “I just know I got to 8, somehow.”
For the first time, Woods didn’t take home the team bonus.
Lake Nona, which was 0-2-1 over the first three years of the exclusive boutique event pitting the respective tour players at the two clubs, beat its crosstown rival 22-8 after taking a commanding 10-0 lead after the first day of matches Monday.
“I’m sure we’ll have a couple of cold ones after this is done,” Lake Nona captain Ernie Els said.
With the team title essentially cemented, the only real suspense on the second day was who would win the individual bonus.
Woods was sloppy early before starting his birdie run on No. 8, and blowing past Rose, who shot a 66. For Rose, it was nonetheless a victory of sorts since he hasn’t played in the past two weeks because of an ailing back.
“Everything’s good,” Rose said.
Graeme McDowell, Mark OMeara and Retief Goosen tied for third with 67s. Woods, whose swing coach, Hank Haney, watched from the gallery, said he will begin his Masters tuneup almost immediately back at Isleworth.
“I’m just happy they I get to take a little break tomorrow, take some time off, then start to grind a little bit later in the week,” said Woods, who won the CA Championship on Sunday.