So in an attempt to inject a bit more life and interest into tournaments, and because we're both inveterate gamblers who are one bad card from being out on the streets, Shane Bacon 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. (Double for the majors.) And when we burn a golfer, he's done for the year. It's now time to head to the Great White North for the RBC Canadian Open. Crank up the Rush!
Bacon: Man oh man ... this is the second straight major I've had you down on the ground, sword to the neck, ready to make the kill, and for the second straight time, my "sure thing" falls flat on their face. Oh well, back to the drawing board, and for this trick, I'm taking a major champion from this season: Charl Schwartzel. His play last week at the Open showed he's ready to turn it back on, and why not in Canada?
Busbee: You've got a major winner? I've got a major winner! I'm running out Lucas Glover, beard and all. Sure, he hasn't had a tremendous amount of success here, but like Schwartzel he's got the game to come up big at any moment. Drawback: he's from the South, so between England and Canada he's got to be freezing, but I'm betting the beard does its job.
Last week: What was supposed to be the greatest matchup of the season utterly fizzled, as Bacon's pick of Luke Donald didn't even make the cut and Busbee's pick of Rory McIlroy played himself into irrelevance. On the plus side, this was a major, so it was worth two points. Bacon's still got a lead, but it's dwindling fast ...
Current Standings: Bacon 20, Busbee 17
Already Used: Busbee: Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Chad Campbell, Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Tim Clark, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell, Brian Gay, Matt Kuchar, KJ Choi, Webb Simpson, Jhonattan Vegas, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Anthony Kim, Ben Crane, Zach Johnson, Sean O'Hair, Kenny Perry, David Toms, Lee Westwood, Spencer Levin, Gary Woodland, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy.
Bacon: Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Marino, Ben Crane, Jhonattan Vegas, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney, Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods, Spencer Levin, Anthony Kim, Angel Cabrera, Aaron Baddeley, Pat Perez, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, David Toms, Rory Sabbatini, Chez Reavie, Jonathan Byrd, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald.