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. This week starts the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Barclays.
Busbee: Oh boy. We're starting to get to the point in the season where I come up with a great pick for the tournament, and then realize I used him way back in March or something. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to see I hadn't used Bubba Watson yet, and therefore I shall do so this week. He hasn't done particularly well lately, coming up small when we expected great things of him (shades of another lefty we could name), but I'm thinking he bounces back this week ... at least well enough to beat whatever scrub is still on your "not picked" list, Bacon.
Bacon: I'll match your power pick with one of my own. Here is Gary Woodland, the long-bombing righty that has played great in the majors this year. And ... well, yeah, that's about it. My team is melting down faster than Roy McAvoy with water guarding the 18th green.
Last week: Busbee continues his incredible run, with Charles Howell III finishing tied for fourth, while Bacon's pick of Lucas Glover had to finish for a t-30th.
Current standings: Busbee 22, Bacon 21
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, Spencer Levin, Gary Woodland, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Lucas Glover, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Howell III.
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, Webb Simpson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel, Jeff Overton, Rory McIlroy and Glover.