So in an attempt to inject a bit more life and interest into these early season tournaments, and because we're both inveterate gamblers who are one bad card from being out on the streets, Shane Bacon 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 when we burn a golfer, he's done for the year. This week: we hit the lowcountry for some high times at the Heritage.
Bacon: Who's the man that likes this course and looks so good in that tartan jacket?! Badds, you're damn right! I'm taking Aaron Baddeley, even after doing what I just did to the first part of this picks paragraph. He has won here before, always plays well at this course, and is having a solid year, with three top-10s. Also, it makes sense that one of the most fashionable players on tour would be rocking one of the most fashionable trophies in the game.
Busbee: I'm going for the proven pick here, taking Jim Furyk. He's the defending champ here, and The Undertaker seems to kick it into a higher gear at Hilton Head. And he'll have to, as he's been stuck in neutral for most of the season. But familiar territory ought to break him out of his funk. Get on it, Jimmy!
Last week: At the Valero Texas Open, Busbee's pick of Adam Scott came home even, eight strokes off the win, but that was good enough to beat Bacon's Angel Cabrera, who followed up an exceptional Masters by missing the cut. Whoops.
Overall record: Busbee 10, Bacon 8.
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. 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.