The Tavistock Cup kicks off this week, and sadly, you can't go. The event is shown on television, but no paying spectators are let into the event. Only members of the participating country clubs, residents of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, invited guests and sponsors will be in attendance. Starting on Monday, professional golfers that are members of four different country clubs get together and play a two-day team tournament at Lake Nona in Orlando to see which country club has the best golfers. The purse is $2.15 million even though there are no ticket sales, thanks to some big time sponsor and TV money.
Here are the teams, representing four different country clubs: Albany is in the Bahamas, Isleworth and Lake Nona are in Florida, and Queenwood is in England. Tiger Woods is scheduled to participate after pulling out of the WGC-Cadillac Championship just over a week ago with an Achilles injury.
Team Albany: Tim Clark, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
Team Isleworth: Robert Allenby, Daniel Chopra, Charles Howell III, Sean O'Hair, Bo Van Pelt, Bubba Watson
Team Lake Nona: Ben Curtis, Ross Fisher, Retief Goosen, Peter Hanson, Graeme McDowell, Gary Woodland
Team Queenwood: Thomas Bjørn, David Howell, Søren Kjeldsen, Tom Lewis, Paul McGinley, Adam Scott
Players play in teams on the first day in better ball stroke play. Each team has three pairings and their scores will be combined to determine the leaders after Day 1.
Day 1 (Monday)
10:50 a.m. - Rose & Woods (Team Albany), Howell III & Watson (Team Isleworth)
11:05 a.m. - Curtis & Hanson (Team Lake Nona), Kjeldsen & McGinley (Team Queenwood)
11:20 a.m. - Clark & Els (Team Albany), Bjorn & Scott (Team Queenwood)
11:35 a.m. - O'Hair & Van Pelt (Team Isleworth), Fisher & Goosen (Team Lake Nona)
11:50 a.m. - Allenby & Chopra (Team Isleworth), Howell & Lewis (Team Queenwood)
12:05 p.m. - Immelman & Poulter (Team Albany), McDowell & Woodland (Team Lake Nona)
On Day 2, individual stroke play is the game and the players will go out in foursomes. All six scores for each team will be counted. Whichever team has the lowest cumulative score between both days at the end of Day 2 wins the event.
Day 2 (Tuesday)
10:50 a.m. - Clark (Team Albany), Allenby (Team Isleworth), Curtis (Team Lake Nona), McGinley (Team Queenwood)
11:05 a.m. - Els (Team Albany), Howell III (Team Isleworth), Goosen (Team Lake Nona), Kjeldsen (Team Queenwood)
11:20 a.m. - Immelman (Team Albany), Chopra (Team Isleworth), Fisher (Team Lake Nona), Howell (Team Queenwood)
11:35 a.m. - Rose (Team Albany), Van Pelt (Team Isleworth), Hanson (Team Lake Nona, Scott (Team Queenwood)
11:50 a.m. - Poulter (Team Albany, Watson (Team Isleworth, Woodland (Team Lake Nona), Lewis (Team Queenwood)
12:05 p.m. - Woods (Team Albany), O'Hair (Team Isleworth), McDowell (Team Lake Nona), Bjorn (Team Queenwood)
The Tavistock Cup has individual prizes for Day 2's low scorers, and there's also a closest to the pin contest on all of the par-3 holes. From the event's Wikipedia page, here's the purse breakdown:
- $2.15 million
Team Prize Breakdown:
- Winning team receives $600,000
- Runner-up team receives $480,000
- Third-place team receives $360,000
- Fourth-place team receives $300,000
- Long Drive Challenge is on Hole 11 and awards $60,000 to be split among the members of the team with the player who hits the longest drive.
Individual Prize Breakdown:
- The Payne Stewart Salver Award is presented to the low Medalist on Tuesday along with $200,000
- Runner-up Medalist - $100,000
- Third Place Medalist - $50,000
- Closest to the Pin takes place on Lake Nona's Hole 4, Hole 6, Hole 13 and Hole 17, with prizes being awarded to each player whose single shot over the two-day competition lands closest to the pin on each hole.
Coverage starts at 12 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday on the Golf Channel in the USA. The event is also being broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.