Of course, we dubbed Woods easy money earlier this year heading into the U.S. Open at Bethpage and ask Lucas Glover how that one turned out. Just for fun, well offer a few alternatives.
Pick a Foursome: Check the record books, the last five winners at Firestones South Course have a single theme connecting them ' greens in regulation.
Vijay Singh, last years champion, is the only winner from the last five to finish inside the top 20 in fairways hit and Stewart Cink, the 2004 winner, is the only champion to finish better than 29th in putting. The last five winners, however, all ranked among the top 15 in greens in regulation, so make your picks accordingly.
Picks:Tiger Woods, Sean OHair, Zach Johnson, David Toms
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
Salary Cap: Limited-field soirees like the Bridgestone equal big dollars for salary cap types. Woods is worth the price and Tim Clark finished tied for sixth at Firestone in 2007 and was an early leader last year.
Danny Lee and hard-swinging Spanish phenom Alvaro Quiros may be stars on the rise, but they can still be had at the rookie maximum ($250,000) and could stun the status quo with solid weeks in Ohio.
Picks: Tiger Woods, Tim Clark, Retief Goosen, Danny Lee, Alvaro Quiros (Total: $9.423 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
Pick One: Vijay Singh. The season is inching its way toward the Fijians favorite time of year and his 08 victory was hardly a fluke. In nine WGC-Bridgestone starts hes finished outside the top 15 just three times and he proved last year that you can putt like Julia Roberts, not Loren Roberts, and still win at Firestone.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the GolfChannel.com staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.
|Rex Hoggard||Tiger Woods||Let's face it, if we cant catch Foltz soon we may want to consider early retirement.||$2,937,051|
|Jay Coffin||Tiger Woods||Its obvious and its just too easy to pass. If he doesnt win, hell be in the top-three. Right?||$5,017,202|
|Mercer Baggs||Tiger Woods||Do I really need a reason?||$5,687,689|
|Erik Peterson||Tiger Woods||One more chance to pick Tiger. WGC or PGA? PGA or WGC? Ill say WGC, because hes a reality-defying 6/9. At the PGA hes a measly 4/11. Either way, hes silly-good.||$4,742,225|
|Brian Koressel||Tiger Woods||Seems to have turned Firestone CC into his own personal playground.||$4,884,838|
|Dena Davis||Tiger Woods||I tried. I really tried to rationalize taking someone else this week. But then I came to my senses.||$4,465,150|
|Jerry Foltz||Camilo Villegas||I really want to give Tiger a chance to win and based on my past experience this year, he only does that when I don't pick him. Also, I like Camilo on this ball-strikers course.||$4,659,757|