Each club will get trophy for six months

Updated: March 29, 2005, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els can't seem to beat the dark -- or each other.

Woods shot a 31 on the back nine as Isleworth Country Club rallied to force a playoff against Lake Nona, but darkness fell after three extra holes Tuesday and the Tavistock Cup ended in a tie.

The matches were between two Orlando country clubs where several top tour players are members.

The finish was similar to the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa, when the matches ended in a tie and Woods and Els were picked for a sudden-death playoff. Under intense pressure, both made clutch putts for three holes before it was too dark to continue, and the cup was shared between the United States and the International team.

"It seems like we're making a habit of this -- finishing in the dark and ties all the time," said Els, the playing captain for Lake Nona.

It was much more casual on a sunny afternoon at Isleworth (Woods wore shorts), and they had some help. The matches were tied at 8 leading to the playoff -- a better-ball format featuring a quartet of two-time U.S. Open champions -- Woods and Lee Janzen for Isleworth against Els and Retief Goosen for Lake Nona.

Els extended the playoff with an amazing par from out of the trees, holing a 12-foot putt. Returning to the 464-yard 18th hole at Isleworth, Goosen holed a 30-foot birdie putt that appeared to give Lake Nona the victory, but then Woods made an 18-foot birdie to halve the hole.

On the third extra hole, Goosen and Els each failed to make 15-foot birdie putts to win.

Isleworth won last year at Lake Nona.

Each club will get the trophy for six months, and the rematch will return to Isleworth next year.

The Tavistock Cup was supposed to be a two-day competition, but was cut in half when The Players Championship did not finish until Monday because of rain delays.

Woods shot 66 for the low score of the event. It came one day after he closed 75-75 on the TPC at Sawgrass to tie for 53rd, his worst finish ever in golf's fifth major.

"That's 52 holes the last two days for me," Woods said. "I'm a little tired."

Annika Sorenstam, coming off an eight-shot victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her fifth straight win and eighth career major, returned from California to play for Lake Nona. She shot 73.

The $1.4 million purse was split among the 18 players on both teams, while Woods earned an extra $100,000 for the lowest score.


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