So in an attempt to inject a bit more life and interest into tournaments, and because we're all inveterate gamblers who are one bad card from being out on the streets, Jay Busbee, Jonathan Wall 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. Busbee won the inaugural run at this, so we decided to add a third member to the team. We continue in Hawaii with the Sony Open.
Busbee: I'm taking Webb Simpson, for the simple reason that I'm going to start fast, and Simpson is already rolling while most of the field still hasn't taken down the metaphorical Christmas decorations just yet. It's going to be another low-speed pursuit of a Simpson, gentlemen.
Wall: I'd really like to save K.J. Choi for later in the season, but given his past success at the Sony Open -- he won the event in 2008 -- and his final round 8-under 65 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, I have to roll with him this week. Don't let me down, K.J.!
Bacon: I always say you must pick someone you like in this so it's easier to cheer, and while I'm not exactly doing that, I will go with Mr. Eagle-Eagle himself, Kevin Na. He played well last week, and has had some success at Waialae, finishing in the top-five twice here.
Last week: In a winners-only event, the winner of our first annual run at Showdown prevailed, with Mr. Busbee taking Nick Watney, who finished ahead of Wall's pick of Gary Woodland and Bacon's pick of David Toms, who played about as well as his football team did on Monday.
Current Score: Wall - 0, Busbee - 1, Bacon - 0
Already Used: Wall - Woodland, Busbee - Watney, Bacon - Toms.