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, Shane Bacon 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 McGladrey Classic! McGladrey, I say!
Bacon: You know what's nice? Looking through your old picks and finding out the ONE guy you want to pick is still free. For me this week, it's Zach Johnson, who played well here a year ago and is one of the few names still free this late in the season. I'm riding the man with the plaided out wardrobe. Don't let me down, Zach!
Busbee: I'm going with Robert Allenby, one of the captain's picks for the Presidents Cup and a cat who notched a T3 at this event last year. As long as we keep him a long way from Anthony Kim, all ought to work out just fine.
Last week: Tiger wins! Tiger wins! Well, he won for me, at least, as Woods' T30 was good enough to beat Bacon's pick, Louis Oosthuizen and his T60. That British Open seems a long way away now.
Current standings: Busbee 25, Bacon 23.
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, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods.
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, Kyle Stanley, Louis Oosthuizen.