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, 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. (Double for the majors.) And when we burn a golfer, he's done for the year. This week, we're gonna rock your body at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Bacon: I had this whole thing planned out in my head that was going to start with, "Whoever is named after Vegas, wins in Vegas," but dammit, I'd already picked Johnny earlier this season. No matter, I'll go with another young stud, Kyle Stanley, as my Timberlake pick. He had three top-25s in all three FedEx Cup playoffs events (but somehow didn't make the Tour Championship, I demand a recount!), and the Fall Series is made for guys like him.
Busbee: What the ... ? I've still got Rickie Fowler on the board? Hell yes, I'll take him! And I won't even make him turn his hat around! Fowler's got a bit to prove after missing out on the Tour Championship, so I expect he's going to Kyle Stanley look like ... Kyle Chandler? Kyle Rayner? Kyle Busch? Kyle Gass? Kyle Farnsworth? Whatever, he's going to beat him. [UPDATE: Unless he's not actually in the field, which I failed to double-check. Point to Bacon. End-of-season stupidity.]
Last week: I felt pretty good that Justin Rose was still available for the Tour Championship. I didn't feel quite so good when Rose nose-dove onto the first tee. Fortunately, Bacon's pick of John Senden didn't even make it out of the locker room, finishing +4 to Rose's +1.
Current standings: Busbee 24, Bacon 22
Already Used: Busbee: Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Chad Campbell, Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Tim Clark, 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, Charles Howell III, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Aaron Baddeley.
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, Lucas Glover, Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas, Brandt Snedeker.
Related: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, David Toms, John Senden, Rory Sabbatini, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ben Crane, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Pat Perez, Bill Haas, Jonathan Byrd, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Lucas Glover, Charl Schwartzel, Chez Reavie, Charles Howell III, Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney, Spencer Levin, K.J. Choi, Brandt Snedeker, Camilo Villegas, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Anthony Kim, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland