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 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 British Open.
Wall: Majors are worth double, so I'm burning one of my big guns this week and taking Tiger Woods. I know everyone and their mom is picking him to win this week -- and that's never a good sign, in my opinion -- but how can you not take Tiger at the British Open? Sure, his last five appearance across the pond haven't been stellar, but he's playing a course this year that doesn't require him to pull the driver. I'm not saying he's going to Hoylake the course, but with the stinger in his bag I think he'll play it smart, keep it in play and be a factor come Sunday afternoon.
Busbee: Lee Westwood: I burned my main pick (Adam Scott) so I'm going with Westy here, simply because I think he'll get close but not quite close enough. Not sure what it is about Westwood--if I knew, I'd rent my pyschiatric services out to him--but for whatever reason, he's not able to bring it in a major until the cause is already lost. But for Showdown, close enough is good enough. Roll with it, Lee!
Last week: Busbee picked up the point last week when Mr. John Deere, Steve Stricker, made the cut and posted a top-5 finish. Wall's picked Sean O'Hair and he didn't even make the weekend.
Current score: Busbee - 8.0, Wall - 7.0.
Already Used: Wall - Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, Lee Westwood, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Ryan Moore, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Sean O'Hair, Tiger Woods. Busbee - Nick Watney, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Robert Karlsson, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Lee Westwood.