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.) We turn our attention to the BMW Championship.
Wall: Crooked Stick is a big ballpark at just over 7,500 yards, so I think it makes sense to take one of the longest hitters on tour this week: Dustin Johnson. Coming off back-to-back top-five finishes in the first two FedExCup events and being named a Ryder Cup captain's pick on Tuesday, I have a feeling he's going to be on cloud nine this week. Expect Johnson to keep riding the wave of momentum.
Busbee: The chickens are coming home to Oost! Wait, that's a stupid tag line. Whoosthuizen? Oosthuizen! Man, that's even worse. Anyway, I'm taking Louis this week. Recent collapses aside, he's playing some quality golf right now, and while he may not be able to hold off Rory McIlroy or Bubba Watson, he can handle almost anyone else, which ought to be good enough to get the job done this weekend.
Last week: And we're tied! Wall wins his third straight point thanks to a sixth-place finish from Brandt Snedeker at the Deutsche Bank Championship. After watching his last two picks miss the cut, Busbee picked Jason Dufner, who actually made the weekend to break up the cut streak. The only problem? He finished T-18.
Current score: Busbee - 12.0, Wall - 12.0.
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, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Carl Pettersson,Rory McIlroy, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson. 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, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson., Tiger Woods, David Toms, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen.