Mar
15
2011
Lake Nona Wins the Most Overhyped Interclub Match in the World
By Stephanie Wei under General

Lake Nona cruised to win the Tavistock Cup with the team of Oliver Wilson, Ross Fisher, Henrik Stenson, Retief Goosen, Graeme McDowell and Peter Hanson, firing a combined 43-under to earn the right to spray each other with bottles of champagne. In Tuesday’s stroke play format, Wilson shot a seven-under 65 at host course, Isleworth Golf & Country Club.

Nona fired a combined 18-under in stroke play.

Albany, one of the two “expansion” club teams, came in a distant second at 27-under. Ian Poulter had the best round for the team, posting four-under. Tiger Woods fired a three-under and practice buddy Arjun Atwal carded one-under. The other team members, Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Trevor Immelman, shot over-par.

Meanwhile, Isleworth finished third at 25-under. Robert Allenby led the team with the second-best round of the day at six-under par. J.B. Holmes shot 70, while Sean O’Hair, Stuart Appleby, Lee Janzen and Brian Davis posted scores over par.

Queenswood, the other new club, came in last at 18-under. Adam Scott shot the best score with five-under. Thomas Bjorn, David Howell, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Soren Kjeldsen were also on the team.

Via the Orlando Sentinel‘s Jeff Shain:

“Everything pretty much went to plan,” said U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, whose 2-under 70 was second-highest on the Lake Nona squad. “One of the keys to team competition is to have a great team.”

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“It’s coming around. I’m starting to enjoy it,” said Woods, whose swing changes under new coach Sean Foley have been under the microscope in recent weeks. “Now it’s just a matter of gettng my game to come around a little bit more.”

Yesterday, Conor chronicled the amusing Twitter debate between Ian Poulter and esteemed journalist Lawrence Donegan of The Guardian. Well, Poulter didn’t stop tweeting about helicopters and the like. In fact, on Tuesday morning he posted a picture of himself in the driver’s seat, saying (third-person alert!), “Poults in the drivers seat of the chopper. S76C+ my man Jean & Scott taking care of us.”

More tweets from Poults:

Lawrence reminded Poulter he never dissed the charity money.

Justin Rose and Ian Poulter arriva via helicopter, landing on the first fairway on Tuesday

I know it’s all for a good cause, but is it really necessary to fly in players via helicopter from a few miles away. I mean, if they did away with the chopper, they could donate the money saved and more money would go to charity! Just a thought.

Meanwhile, Oliver Wilson was excited about his first pro win.

(Top picture via AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)