This year I was coerced by a hockey writing friend of mine to do a weekly one-and-done golf pool that allows you to pick one golfer, never to use them again in 2013. Since I'm doing it for fun (and DEFINITELY not for money, no way, no how), I figured I'd post my weekly picks here, with who I've already used under it and my record for the year, and against the others in the pool. We're calling this Darts in the Dark.
Wells Fargo pick: Bill Haas
It has been a weird year for picking golfers. Tiger Woods seemed like a lock at the Masters only to flame out over the weekend. Phil Mickelson has been incredibly hot (at the Waste Management) and ridiculously cold (everywhere else) and Rory McIlroy hasn't woke up from his golf hibernation.
It's a year that has seen a guy named Billy Horschel become arguably the best player in the game to date and players like Hunter Mahan struggling to break 80. It's gotten so bad around these parts with picks that a buddy of mine who, if gambling was legal, puts a lot of money on sporting events changed my name in his cell phone to "Don't Take Golf Picks Bacon."
But, alas, I keep on plugging away. Bill Haas has five top-10s this season and has missed only one cut, and despite a missed cut here a year ago has finished fourth twice including 2011.
Wins - 0
Top-10s - 4
Top-20s - 3
Missed Cuts - 2
Current Pool Standing - 53 out of 72 players
Already used - Steve Stricker (2nd at Hyundai), Mark Wilson (MC at Sony), Robert Garrigus (T-16 at Humana), Nick Watney (T-4 at Farmers Insurance), Kevin Na (T-36 at Waste Management), Dustin Johnson (MC at Pebble Beach), Retief Goosen (MDF at Riviera), Luke Donald (T-33 at Accenture), Fredrik Jacobson (T-25 at Honda Classic), Charl Schwartzel (T-16 at WGC-Cadillac), Webb Simpson (T-17 at Tampa Bay), Sergio Garcia (WD at Bay Hill), Keegan Bradley (T-10 at Shell Houston), Billy Horschel (T-3 at Valero Texas), Phil Mickelson (T-54 at Masters), Jeff Overton (T-42 at Zurich Classic)