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, and a tie between two of the three lands you half a point. (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 move to the continental United States with the Humana Challenge.
Busbee: I'm going with Bill Haas this week. He finished 20th last week, but one tournament is no barometer this early in the season. The Humana courses aren't the toughest in the land, and Haas has proven he can handle both pressure and drama by taking down the FedEx Cup last year. Besides, if he falls apart I won't feel so bad asking him for a loan.
Wall: I'll take a shot in the dark with Martin Laird. This is a Ryder Cup year for the Scotsman, and I think that should be motivation enough to play well early on. He finished 22nd at last year's event and already has a second-place finish under his belt (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) this season. I expect him to be in the mix all week.
Bacon: I'm going with Brian Gay this week. Why? Because the dude plays these golf courses great, finishing t-5 last year and in the top-20 the two years prior.
Last Week: Busbee decided to start with some big hitters and so far the theory is working out. Sadly, he doesn't just have to beat me, and for the first time in our threeball, we have a tie. Wall's pick of K.J. Choi also finished 4-under, and both get half a point for their efforts. Bacon's pick of Kevin Na was, well, not so good.
Current Score: Wall - .5, Busbee - 1.5, Bacon - 0.
Already Used: Wall - Woodland, Choi, Busbee - Watney, Simpson, Bacon - Toms, Na.