July 13, 2011
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. It's Claret Jug time at the British Open, and we've both pulled out the hottest guns.
Busbee: Well, well, well ... look who's not in my "already picked" list: Mr. Rory McIlroy. I wish I could say that I saved him for this point, but the truth is this is nothing more than blind luck. Still, I think McIlroy has it in him to play well enough to outrun almost anybody you throw up. Almost anybody. Help a brother out, Shane ... don't pick the one guy who scares me ...
Bacon: Would that one guy be ... LUKE DONALD?!?! I love him this week. Love. He's playing as good as anyone in golf right now, coming off a 63 on Sunday to win the Scottish Open, and in a great position to snag his first major. Be worried, Mr. Busbee.
Last week: Busbee's pick of Jason Day was a fine one up until the weekend, when rounds of 75-71 dropped him to a tie for 68th. Bacon's pick of Steve Stricker, well, it was a little better. Stricker gave Bacon his third winner of the year, and a bonus of three points.
Current Standings: Bacon 20, Busbee 15
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 and Jason Day. 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 and Steve Stricker.