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 the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Busbee: Okay, so, picking Rory McIlroy didn't work out so well for me. But hey, you've got to figure a world No. 1 will miss the cut in one of the biggest tournaments of the year, right? Of course. Anyway, this time I'm taking Adam Scott, who's quietly putting together a very strong year. His best finish this year is a T8 at the Masters, and I'm betting he'll at least do that well down in Texas.
Wall: It looks like we're going to have an Aussie showdown this week, because I'm rolling with Jason Day. He's had a rough go of things this season, but I think he's going to have a strong showing at the Nelson. He won the tournament in 2010 and finished T-9 a couple weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship. Plus, the guy used to live in the area and played the course on a regular basis, so I'm hoping a little local knowledge gives me the edge over another former champ.
Last week: Busbee pulled out one of his big guns last week ... and he failed to even make the weekend. Whoops! Wall picked Lee Westwood and he finished T-61 last week, which isn't all that impressive. But at least he made the cut to pick up the win.
Current Score: Wall - 2.5, Busbee - 1.5.
Already Used: Wall - Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, Lee Westwood. Busbee - Nick Watney, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy.