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 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 lands you half a point. (Double for the majors.) And when we burn a golfer, he's done for the year. We turn our attention to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Wall: I'm not a big fan of taking a guy who's coming off a gut-wrenching defeat, but I'll take Adam Scott anyway. Despite the meltdown at the British Open, Scott's the defending Bridgestone champ and, for the most part, he's played some solid golf this season. I expect him to not only get up off the mat and contend this week, but go back-to-back at Firestone. You can take that pick to the bank!
Busbee: I ride with Bubba Watson this week. He suffered a predictable post-green-jacket swoon, culminating in an ugly missed cut at the US Open, but he appears to have his game back under him now. The fact that he could completely change his approach at Royal Lytham and fight back to within sight of the lead is a positive sign for his future, and I think his future starts now (hey! catchy!) at the Bridgestone this weekend.
Last week: It wasn't pretty, but Busbee picked up the win at the RBC Canadian Open with a T-34 from Brandt Snedeker. Wall's pick of Hunter Mahan finished T-48, at 3-under, and looked off his game for most of the week ... just like a certain Devil Ball prognosticator.
Current score: Wall - 9.0, Busbee - 9.0.
Already Used: Wall - Gary Woodland, K.J. Choi, Martin Laird, Nick Watney, Lee Westwood, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Ryan Moore, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Sean O'Hair, Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott. Busbee - Nick Watney, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Robert Karlsson, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Lee Westwood, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson.