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Tavistock Cup preview: Tiger's Albany can be beaten

Tiger Woods

Let’s not beat about the bush; as competitions go, the Tavistock Cup is a bit of a curate’s egg, and a team’s perceived quality will be no guarantee of victory this week.

While none other than Tiger Woods is amongst the players teeing it up at the two-day event that begins on Monday, no-one could mistake this tournament for one of the must-see events of 2012.

There’s interest whenever Woods plays anywhere, of course, but the 14-time major winner is likely to be taking things even easier than usual at this week’s event, which takes place in Florida at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

Woods is making an appearance just over a week after he walked out of the WGC Cadillac Championship mid-round with a strained Achilles; there were fears that injury could prevent the 36-year-old from teeing it up at the Masters, but if Woods comes through this week’s action without a problem he will surely make it to Augusta. Indeed, Woods has said as much, and plans to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational later this week too.

Back to the Tavistock, though, and despite team Albany’s collection of talented players – as well as Woods, the team features recent winner Justin Rose, along with the rather iffier quartet of Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Tim Clark and Trevor Immelman – it’s difficult to back Woods and co with any confidence.

Last year the presence of Woods in the Albany side couldn’t prevent Lake Nona’s team from scoring a win; with uncertainty over the main man, yet his side still the favourites, the smartest bet is to lay Albany this week.

Steve Colton

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