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, it's the Tour Championship. Yeehaw!
Busbee: Sometimes you fall down the stairs and land on your feet. That day, my friend, is today, as I realize that I have not, in fact, picked your new pal Justin Rose and therefore shall claim him this week at the Tour Championship. Sure, he hasn't been particularly consistent, but he's riding a week's win momentum, and also he's about one of only three guys in the field I haven't yet picked, so he's my take. Long as he doesn't play like his brother Axl, he'll be just fine.
Bacon: You ever see those old Western movies when they scan across a deserted town and the only thing you see is the rolling tumbleweed? That is my availability for this Tour Championship; a town with not much but one or two players rolling along. Lucky for me, John Senden is free, and he's played fine in these playoffs. Am I confident with my pick? Heck no! Is my team falling apart faster than your Braves? Absolutely!
Last week: Busbee's random shot in the dark of Aaron Baddeley actually finished t-22, but that didn't hurt, as my pick of Brandt Snedeker did as well. Tie goes to nobody.
Current standings: Busbee 23, Bacon 22
Already Used: Busbee: Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Chad Campbell, Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Tim Clark, 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, Charles Howell III, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Aaron Baddeley.
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, Lucas Glover, Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas, Brandt Snedeker.