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 Tour Championship.
Wall: Jason Dufner is my guy. He skipped the Barclays and hasn't done anything over the last two playoff events that would lead you to believe he'd be a factor at the Tour Championship, but on a course where ball striking and hitting fairways and greens is paramount, I think Dufner has all the tools to thrive this week. He's currently 16th in fairways hit and fourth in GIR, and if he shows up with some semblance of a short game, I think he'll be right there on Sunday.
Busbee: Phil Mickelson is my guy, mainly because he's the only one of the top five I haven't yet picked. Well, that and he's playing pretty well these days, too. He's got a win at East Lake from a couple years back, and I know he could use an extra $10 mil (or maybe not), but either way he's on a minor roll that should be enough to keep him in the mix through at least Saturday.
Last week: Showdown just got really interesting! Wall picks up his fourth straight win thanks to Dustin Johnson's T-6 at the BMW Championship and just like that, he has a one point lead after trailing for most of the summer. Louis Ossthuizen started strong over the first three days to give Busbee a glimmer of hope, but a 73 on Sunday stretched the losing skid to four straight. Like Tiger Woods on the weekend, Busbee seems to be fading at the worst possible time.
Current score: Wall - 13.0, Busbee - 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, Jason Dufner. 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, Phil Mickelson.