Showdown, Week 18: Justin Rose vs. Anthony Kim

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're going to Carolina in our minds for the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow.

Bacon: Man, oh man, the pains of using a lot of your heavy dogs early. I'm struggling, Jay, STRUGGLING, to find someone I want now, because Nick Watney is in the bag and so is Bubba Watson. But I'm going to go a little European on you right now, and toss Justin Rose in the mix this week. Why? Because, honestly, I don't have a lot else. He started his run last year in June, so I'm just hoping it starts a month earlier in 2011.

Busbee: Anthony Kim. I know, I know, he's stunk on ice for most of this year. But Quail Hollow is familiar territory for him; he's made four of four cuts here, won once and recorded two other top-10s. If there's a place to pick Kim this year, this would be it.

Last week: The matchup of Busbee's Luke Donald vs. Bacon's Pat Perez looked like a total blowout on paper, but in reality ... well, it was still a total blowout. Donald carded a T8 at -10, while Perez missed the cut. Close, though.

Overall record: Busbee 11, Bacon 9.

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. 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.

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