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. It's time for international competition; go Presidents Cup!
Bacon: I nearly picked the International team. I like their squad. I like all the Australians, I like that the tournament is on their home turf, and it seems like they're getting along really well. BUT, I couldn't do it. I couldn't go away from my Americans. I'm going with the red, white and blue, and hoping that Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods can play like they used to play, and the rest of the guys just stay the same. Vegas has it at near even money, so at this point, it's a toss-up. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Busbee: So, not giving me a whole lot of choice here, huh? I'll take Europe and laugh all the way to the ... what? This isn't the Ryder Cup? Well, hell. All right, then, give me the Internationals. I still think Greg Norman is like the Norv Turner of the golf world, but who knows, maybe his crew can bring one back to ... the rest of the planet that's not America. Go, International!
Last Time: At the Children's Miracle Network Classic, Shane's pick of DL3 missed the cut, but not as badly as Busbee's pick of Tommy Gainey. You win this time, Bacon.
Current score: Busbee 26, Bacon 24.
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, Robert Allenby, Tommy Gainey.
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, , 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, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III.