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Woods Leads Isleworth On First Day

March 15, 2009

Tiger Woods and his Isleworth teammates had plenty to smile after taking a 6-4 lead over crosstown rival Lake Nona on the first day of the Tavistock Cup.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods finally made some meaningful putts, even if they were for par, as he teamed with John Cook to win a fourballs match Monday in leading Isleworth to a 6-4 lead over Lake Nona in the Tavistock Cup.

Woods and Cook had a 9-under 63 to defeat Henrik Stenson and Chris DiMarco in the opening match. Isleworth captain Mark O'Meara and Darren Clarke followed with a 62 for a two-stroke victory over Mark McNulty and Ben Curtis.

"I made some nice par putts today," Woods said. "Keep working on it."

The Tavistock Cup is between two high-profile golf clubs in Orlando where several prominent PGA Tour players are members. The opening round was fourballs, in which two points were awarded for the lowest score.

Lake Nona won two matches with the best two scores of the day.

Graeme McDowell and Retief Goosen shot a 60 for a four-shot victory over J.B. Holmes and Daniel Chopra. Lake Nona won its other match when Justin Rose and Ian Poulter shot a 61 to win by one shot over Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby.

Appleby chipped in for birdie to tie the match, but Rose rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt for the victory.

Charles Howell III and Nick O'Hern gave Isleworth its other victory with a 62 to win by three over Lake Nona captain Ernie Els and Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

The final round Tuesday features two players from each club competing in singles medal-match against each player from the other club. Woods will play with O'Meara against Poulter and Stenson. That means Woods will match his score against Poulter and Stenson.