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. After Roryfest, we're now busting out the umbrellas for the Travelers Championship.
Bacon: Ahh, Phil, you seemed like such an easy pick. You're Mr. Second! You always play well at the U.S. Open! What are you doing to me?! Anyway, on to the next, and this week, i'm going with someone completely different than Mickelson; it's a Webb Simpson kinda thing. Simpson was in a playoff in New Orleans, finished tied for seventh at the Memorial and then 14th at his first ever major championship last week at Congressional. He's going to catch you in his Webb, Jay!
Busbee: I am in physical pain over that last sentence. So much so that I can't even come up with a good joke for Spencer Levin, my pick. He's like a fifth-generation copy of Matt Kuchar, hanging around the top 25 of most tournaments this year, and I'm thinking he's going to do what the LAPD never could: take down Simpson.
Last week: The Mickelson (Bacon) versus Westwood (Busbee) pairing looked like the best showdown of the season so far. And it was, until the weekend rolled around and Phil played himself right out of the tournament. Busbee takes this one in a walk.
Current standings: Busbee 15, Bacon 15. All square!
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. 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.