How it Happened: Tiger Woods' team wins Tavistock

Tiger Woods, representing Team Albany, blows a bubble with his gum while waiting on the tee box at No. 3 in the during the 2013 Tavistock Cup at Isleworth Country Club.

Tiger Woods, representing Team Albany, blows a bubble with his gum while waiting on the tee box at No. 3 in the during the 2013 Tavistock Cup at Isleworth Country Club.

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WINDERMERE, Fla. -- There is no rest for the new No. 1 in the world.

Tiger Woods, a day after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational to regain the World No. 1 ranking, will take part in today's Tavistock Cup. Due to the weather-delayed finish at Bay Hill on Monday, the Tavistock Cup has been shortened to an 18-hole tournament at exclusive Isleworth. Six teams will count four individual scores from today's round.

We'll keep you updated on Tiger's round today, as well as the overall picture from Tavistock:

• • •

1st playoff hole, No. 18: Par 4, 477 yards

Tiger Woods will represent Team Albany along with Ian Poulter, while Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson will represent Lake Nona. No. 18 still hasn't been birdied: five bogeys and a double, 18 pars. McDowell goes first and misses left, while Stenson lines up way right and finds the short rough right of the fairway. Poulter takes the same line as Stenson and finds the left edge. Woods then draws the biggest cheer and his ball rolls down the middle. With so many approach shots having come up short today, it will be interesting to see if these four take an extra club or a firmer swing here.

McDowell can only punch it under the trees from the pinestraw, and gets it into the open front just short of the green. Poulter follows from the left side, firing a dart to about six feet. Woods hits next, finding the green but well short and right of the pin. Stenson also reaches the green and will have about the same line as Tiger but is closer to the pin.

McDowell chips on, running it up to about 5 feet, perhaps close enough to cajole the Team Albany guys to take a run at these putts rather than lag. Woods is away, and gets it to within a foot. Let's see if Stenson learned anything from it: His putt runs a couple of feet past, as he made a run at it with Poulter so close. A master of the clutch putt, Poulter hits it so dead-center that it hadn't even hit the bottom of the cup before he walked to take the ball out of the hole.

Team Albany ends Lake Nona's four-year run as Tavistock Cup champions and claims the 2013 trophy.

• • •

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 477 yards

Tiger drives it reliably in the fairway and shouldn't have any issues with his approach shot, which is about 100 yards out. His approach leaves him a long way short of the hole, but on the green. His putt misses left, and a good six feet past. The comebacker is money, though, and Woods closes with a 1-over 73. That putt was for the halve – and if you think these guys don't care about the team competition, Justin Rose was trying to get out on the green to tell him. Good fun here on the final hole. As the putt falls, Rose yells, "That-a boy!"

THE FIELD: Scott Verplank has joined Graeme McDowell at 1 under, with a shot to catch clubhouse leader Webb Simpson and share medalist honors – if he can crack the birdie code at No. 18, where there have only been pars and above today, with many approach shots coming up short. He takes a run at the cup but is left with a tap-in for par.

Meanwhile, Team Lake Nona pulls even late with Albany, finishing a shot ahead of Primland. We'll have a playoff, with each team picking two men to play No. 18 until a winner is decided.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

-2: Webb Simpson

-1: Graeme McDowell

E: Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Scott Verplank

+1: Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Tim Clark, Martin Laird, Brian Davis

+2: Adam Scott, Bill Haas, D.A. Points, Jay Haas, Henrik Stenson

+5: Justin Rose, Charles Howell III

+6: Fred Couples, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson

+7: Bob Tway, Ton Lewis 7

+10: Paul McGinley

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

+7: Albany*

+7: Lake Nona*

+8: Primland

+8: Isleworth

+12: Oak Tree National

+20: Queenwood

  • – playoff pending

• • •

Hole No. 17: Par 5, 590 yards

Tiger drives it through the fairway and isn't too far from the short grass. Fowler finds the rough as well, then drills one onto the green that rolls off the back. He then tells David Feherty during a fairway interview, "Greens like this today, it is frightening. You almost feel like you have no chance." Woods puts his shot on the green, two-putts for par.

TIGER'S DAY: 1 over.

THE FIELD: Two holes ahead, Webb Simpson leaves it short of the green and will need to get up and down to finish two ahead of Graeme McDowell. He pitches to about three feet and has two putts to claim the Payne Stewart Salver Award for medalist honors. He needs both, as the par attempt slides by on the left but he finishes with a 2-under 70 to remain a shot ahead.

In the team competition, four-time defending champ Lake Nona appears to be on the outside looking in.

• • •

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 349 yards

During a bit of a wait, Woods, Couples and Fowler all chat on the tee box as the wind seems to calm down a bit. Tiger then hits 3-wood and runs up a little shy of the green. Couples and Fowler are about a foot apart, short of the front-left greenside bunker. Tiger's ball had rolled down a hill and beyond the gallery, just shy of the cart path and the street, coming to rest under a big crane; from there, he pitches well past the pin. His long birdie attempt is right of the cup and he settles for another scrambling par.

TIGER'S DAY: 1 over.

THE FIELD: Webb Simpson, already the low man in the field, nearly pitches in for eagle from well short of the green on the par-5 17th, hitting the pin and bouncing two feet past; he raps in his birdie putt and is 3 under despite the wind. Team Primland pulls within one of Albany and Lake Nona within two.

• • •

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 223 yards

Looking to recover from that wind-aided bogey, Woods hits 5 iron from 205 to about 12 feet and has an uphill birdie attempt waiting for him. Rickie Fowler, at 2 over, goes long and left with a 4 iron, which rolls back toward the center. Fowler had good speed on his putt, which rolls a few feet past but still leaves him a strong chance at par. Couples is below the hole with about 15 feet, and just misses left and long before tapping in for par. Tiger has a slightly different line than Couples, but also misses left and long; the ball finishes two feet behind the hole and he raps it in for par.

TIGER'S DAY: 1 over.

THE FIELD: Team Albany (Woods, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Tim Clark, wearing pink) continues to set the pace at 6 over, with Lake Nona (Graeme McDowell, Ross Fisher, Henrik Stenson, Peter Hanson, in blue) and Primland (Couples, Bill Haas, Jay Haas, Webb Simpson, in gold) three back. Simpson remains the low man at 2 under.

• • •

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 450 yards

Tiger misses left and Fowler splits the middle from the tee. This par 4 is playing a little tougher than yesterday, as it's really into the wind. Fowler misses the green right. Woods punches under some trees and runs it onto the back left of the green, with the pin back right. He'll have a lengthy birdie attempt to try to get under par for the first time today. It is quieter at No. 14 today though as there was a house party nearby on Monday. Woods putts to within a few feet – only to have the wind carry the ball several feet farther from the cup before he can mark. He shrugs his shoulders; there's not much anyone can do in these conditions and on this green. Couples sees this and after missing his putt, quickly walks to mark the ball when it comes to a rest. Tiger's now looking at about 8 feet – and comes up short. He taps in the side door for his second bogey of the day.

TIGER'S DAY: 1 over.

THE FIELD: Webb Simpson birdies again to pull a stroke ahead of clubhouse leader Graeme McDowell. Bubba Watson finishes his day at even par, where Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Tim Clark and Martin Laird also stand.

• • •

Hole No. 13: Par 5, 558 yards

Woods, Couples and Fowler all find the manicured Isleworth fairway here. It should always look so easy. Tiger's drive is such a beauty that he goes, "Woooo," after that one; he's a good 65 yards ahead of Fowler. From 243 out on the left side of the fairway, Tiger misses way left and stops short. His pitch then runs about 10 feet past. After taking a good, long look at his birdie putt, Tiger misses low and taps in for par.

TIGER'S DAY: Even.

THE FIELD: Graeme McDowell finishes his day at 1 under, where he's tied with Webb Simpson. Team Albany, at 5 over, leads Lake Nona and Primland by two.

• • •

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 438 yards

Tiger and Rickie Fowler both miss the fairway left here – Tiger in the rough, Fowler near a tree. From there, Tiger barely carries the water and again faces a chip from below the hole.

THE FIELD: Graeme McDowell leads at 1 under, with a large group now at even par: Woods, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Tim Clark and Scott Verplank. At 1 over are Bubba Watson, Ross Fisher, Henrik Stenson and Martin Laird. Another stroke back are Adam Scott, D.A. Points, Tom Lewis and Brian Davis.

• • •

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 194 yards

Tigers tee shot at par-3 11th was a tough one into the wind, and it finds the front edge. He and Fred couples share some laughs walking to the green. The gallery is plentiful around this hole. Tiger's long birdie putt misses a few inches left of the cup. He taps in for par.

TIGER'S DAY: Still at even par, with one birdie and one bogey.

THE FIELD: Tied for the individual lead in this team event are Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Tim Clark and Scott Verplank at 1 under. Woods is among five tied for second at even par. In the team standings, Albany, Lake Nona and Oak Tree are tied at 5 over.

• • •

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 409 yards

Starting to warm up here but the wind is still blowing strong. You can tell this is an exhibition as Tiger seems relaxed and jovial. He shared a laugh or two with David Feherty during a mid-fairway interview at No. 9. While this is basically an exhibition, no one ever likes to lose. Tiger is one back of four players after the front nine. He smashes driver here right up the throat of the fairway, then finds the left side of the green with the pin on the right. He two putts for par.

TIGER'S DAY: Even, as he has been most of the day.

• • •

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 443 yards

Tiger's drive finds the left-center of the fairway and rolls true. He then puts it on the left side of the green with the pin on the right, leaving a long birdie attempt. Fowler misses the fairway, then puts it in the short-side bunker. Tiger just misses the long birdie putt, with the ball cutting under the hole and he taps in for par. He's only one back of Fowler, who pars.

TIGER'S DAY: Even.

THE FIELD: Bubba Watson makes double-bogey from the water's edge and falls back to even par.

• • •

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 465 yards

Tiger cuts the angle with his drive – yet he might have hit a spectator and his ball could have bounced into the fairway if not for that, but finds himself in the right rough. Also in the threesome, Rickie Fowler drives it shorter than Fred Couples, then finds a greenside bunker with his second shot. Couples goes fairway-green and will have a mid-length birdie putt. Tiger's approach is again below the hole. Fowler's bunker shot goes over the green, after which he chips to two feet and makes the putt. Birdie eludes Couples, while Tiger sinks his uphill birdie putt.

TIGER'S DAY: Back to even par.

• • •

Hole No. 7: Par 5, 573 yards

Tiger takes a full swing with the big stick – the ball gets pretty close to the left-side fairway bunkers but stays in the fairway and kicks back to left-center. His second shot finds a bunker, from which he blasts to the back of the green. From about 12 feet, Tiger's putt drifts barely left and he taps in for par.

TIGER'S DAY: 1 over.

THE FIELD: Bubba Watson is still out in front at 2 under after Scott Verplank lips out a birdie attempt, while Martin Laird joins Verplank, D.A. Points and Rickie Fowler a stroke back.

• • •

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 411 yards

Tiger favors the right side off the tee and settles in the short grass. Playing partner Rickie Fowler finds the left fringe between two fairway bunkers. Woods misses the green short, not uncommon for him today, and finds the sand. Fowler also can't get to the green. Third playing partner Fred Couples, who has been struggling, fires a dart to tap-in distance and could get back to 3 over. Tiger's bunker shot over a high lip runs past; Fowler pitches to about six feet. Woods' comebacker misses and he'll go over par for the first time. Fowler drains his par putt, Couples' birdie attempt lips out as he also cards par and Woods sinks his bogey effort.

TIGER'S DAY: 1 over.

THE FIELD: Bubba Watson has the low number at 2 under, while D.A. Points, Scott Verplank and Rickie Fowler are a stroke back. Tiger is among a handful at even par.

• • •

Hole No. 5: Par 3, 230 yards

Tiger leaves his tee shot short and right – and has to chip up the hill, reminiscent of No. 3. This time, he puts it 5 feet past to set up another par putt, which he sinks.

TIGER'S DAY: Even par.

• • •

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 479 yards

Driver off the tee for Woods, who sends it over the left fairway bunkers. The ball cuts back and ends up on the right side of the fairway, just on the first cut. From there he finds a greenside bunker. He blasts out to 3 feet and makes the easy par.

TIGER'S DAY: Even par.

THE FIELD: Oak Tree goes to 2 under, with Albany and Isleworth T-2 at 3 over.

• • •

Hole No. 3: Par 5, 628 yards

Tiger goes with his driver and misses just right, but he cut the dogleg and has a shot at the green in two. Tiger pulls a fairway wood, but cuts it a little short and right. He has to pitch up a steep hill and his ball goes over the green. Tiger puts good speed on the second chip, but misses 5 feet right. The par save is good.

TIGER'S DAY: Even par.

THE FIELD: D.A. Points, Bob Tway, Bubba Watson and Scott Verplank have the low rounds of the day going at 1 under – and Rickie Fowler joins them with a birdie.

• • •

Hole No. 2: par 3, 228 yards

Tiger's tee shot finds the front left of the green. He's about 20 feet from the pin, facing an uphill putt. He gives this one a good roll – the speed is good, but he leaves it a little right. He taps in for par.

TIGER'S DAY: Even par.

• • •

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 399 yards

It's a brisk windy day here at Isleworth. Paired with Fred Couples and – for the third straight day, counting two at nearby Bay Hill - Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods Tiger goes with fairway wood off first tee and finds left side of fairway, as his ball rolls into the gallery. His approach finds the green and stops about 25 feet shy of the pin. Tiger starts his putt left and watched it roll back down the slope right. It goes a little past the cup. Tiger makes the comeback putt for a scrambling par.

TIGER'S DAY: Even par.

THE FIELD: Oak Tree's lead is down to a stroke, with Albany and Isleworth still even par.

• • •

Early leaders

Team Oak Tree National has claimed an early two-stroke lead over Team Albany and Team Isleworth. But with the competition less than two hours old, there's a lot of competition left.

• • •

The field

  • Team Lake Nona (wearing blue): Graeme McDowell, Ross Fisher, Henrik Stenson, Peter Hanson
  • Team Isleworth (red): D.A. Points, Bubba Watson, Bo Van Pelt, Brian Davis
  • Team Albany (pink): Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Tim Clark, Tiger Woods
  • Team Queenwood (green): Adam Scott, Paul McGinley, Martin Laird, Tom Lewis
  • Team Primland (gold): Bill Haas, Jay Haas, Webb Simpson, Fred Couples
  • Team Oak Tree National (orange): Bob Tway, Charles Howell III, Scott Verplank, Rickie Fowler

• • •

Monday coverage

GETTING SETTLED: Bubba Watson is all settled into his new home in Isleworth, and it's already been a great feeling for the defending Masters champion, who is taking part in his second Tavistock Cup, his last event before a return trip to Augusta National. Story.

BUSY MAN: Between the opening of his new restaurant in Lake Nona, Fla. and a busy schedule on the course, Graeme McDowell now sets his sights on his second major victory. Story.

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