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 Memorial.
Wall: I open my big mouth and look what happens: Busbee picks the guy who wins the tournament. So much for the Showdown rout! Since someone already took my pick for this week, I guess I'll roll with Steve Stricker. Aside from being the defending champ, his last nine rounds at Muirfield have been under par. Plus, he already has a win and 4 top 10s this year. I like my chances at Jack's place.
[Jonathan Wall: PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament has a major feel]
Busbee: Score! After a victory last week thanks to Zach Johnson, I'm riding high. And I'm going to keep on riding high with Mr. Luke Donald, because, hell, he's the No. 1 player in the world and this isn't a major. Donald is coming off a victory, and yes, he'll be coming off a transoceanic flight, but I'm thinking he'll still have enough game to acquit himself on Jack's home turf.
Last week: Busbee picked up a much-needed two points with a Zach Johnson win at Colonial. Wall selected Rickie Fowler, who despite finishing a respectable T-5 for the week, couldn't keep the win streak alive. That means we're all knotted up at 3.5 points heading into the Memorial.
Current score: Wall - 3.5, Busbee - 3.5.
Already Used: Wall - Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, Lee Westwood, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler. Busbee - Nick Watney, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald.
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