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. This time around, we cool off from Atlanta Athletic Club at the Wyndham.
Bacon: I'm in a little bit of a slump, so the best thing to do is grow a playoff beard, and the best person to do that? Lucas Glover. The former major championship winner has never finished out of the top-24 here in six years, and besides his missed cut last week, he's having a pretty solid summer. Fear it!
Busbee: You know what I fear? That list below, because man, I've used up a lot of good players already. So I'm going with Charles Howell III, who's had a surprisingly consistent under-the-radar run, including a run of three top-5s in June and early July. Bring it home, Tripster.
Last week: Busbee pulls a Keegan Bradley, capping his run from five down in four weeks with his pick of Charl Schwartzel, who edged out Bacon's boy Rory McIlroy. Make like Jimmy Fallon's studio audience, Rory, and watch those roots.
Current standings: Bacon 21, Busbee 21. All square!
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, Lucas Glover, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel.
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, Charl Schwartzel, Jeff Overton, Rory McIlroy.