Showdown, Week 19: Lee Westwood vs. Rory McIlroy

Jonathan Wall
May 9, 2012

So in an attempt to inject a bit more life and interest into tournaments, and because we're all inveterate gamblers who are one bad card from being out on the streets, Jay Busbee and I are playing a golf version of a football suicide pool: We each pick one golfer per tournament and see how they do against each other, straight up. Victory over the other guy gets one point, victory in the tournament gets three points, and a tie between two of the three lands you half a point. (Double for the majors.) And when we burn a golfer, he's done for the year. We turn our attention to one of our favorite tournaments of the year — the Players Championship

Wall: I don't know about you, but I'm feeling mighty confident in my pick this week. That's usually the kiss of death for any golfer I tab, but I'm still going to stick to my guns and roll with Lee Westwood. As I mentioned in the Players preview, four of the last eight winners at TPC Sawgrass have led the field in GIR for the week; and three of the past seven have also led the field in driving accuracy. To me, Westwood seems like the perfect pick. He's currently leading the tour in GIR this year and ranks 33rd in driving accuracy. Plus, he finished fourth the last time he teed it up in 2010. I'm feeling unbeatable this week.

Busbee: Rory McIlroy. Yeah, I know I'm picking chalk here, but so what? McIlroy appears in command of both his head and his game, and while the course is going to play hot and fast this weekend, McIlroy seems able to adapt to changing conditions ... except when he isn't and he falls apart. Hopefully that Rory stayed over in Northern Ireland. Swing away, Rors!

Last Week: It's actually been a while since there was a "last week." After a lengthy hiatus, we're brining Showdown back, starting with one of the highest profile events on the PGA Tour schedule. We'll see how long it takes us to knock the rust off.

Current Score: Wall - 1.5, Busbee - 1.5.

Already Used: Wall - Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Martin Laird, Nick Watney. Busbee - Nick Watney, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Ben Crane.