Posted on: May 9, 2012 12:26 pm

Elling vs. Bacon Week 5 Results, Week 6 Setup

Elling vs. Bacon Week 5 Results, Week 6 Setup

Give Shane some credit for picking Rory last week; he didn't quite bring home the bacon, but was within an eight-foot putt of doing so.  As it is, with Furyk topping Zach Johnson handily, Elling extends his lead:

Elling: 1240
Baron:  780

This week Elling has Westwood (14-1) and Senden (100-1) , while Bacon is swinging for the fences twice with Zach Johnson (50-1) and Ryan Moore (80-1).   Head-to-head, Elling is taking Luke Donald (-175) vs. Bacon's Sergio Garcia (+145).

[I don't normally give a pick, but I think Bud Cauley (100-1) is worth a look this week.]

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 25, 2012 9:39 am

Elling vs. Bacon: Week 3 Results, Week 4 Setup

No one hit Winner or Sleeper last week.  In head-to-head, Bacon prevailed with Hoffman over Jacobson.

Standings after Week 3:
Bacon: 1010
Elling:  790

This week in New Orleans, Elling has Dufner (25-1) and Romero (100-1).  Bacon has Stricker (22-1) and David Toms (20-1).  Head-to-head Elling has Bubba Watson (-135) going against Bacon's Charles Howell III (+110).

Posted on: April 17, 2012 5:27 pm

Elling vs. Bacon Week 2 Results, Week 3 Setup

No one hit Winner or Sleeper last week. Elling won the head-to-head matchup with Jim Furyk over Luke Donald.

Standings after Week 2:
Elling: 960
Bacon: 905

This week Elling has Matt Kuchar (10-1) and Kevin Chappell (40-1).  Bacon has J.B Holmes (25-1) and Harris English (40-1).  Head-to-head, Elling  is putting up Frederik Jacobson against Bacon's Charley Hoffman.  (I will add the odds for Jacobson-Hoffman when they become available.  If I can't find them, I will make an estimate.)

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 11, 2012 8:09 pm

Elling vs Bacon

Beginning with the Masters, Lanny H Golf will be keeping score for the weekly golf picks of Steve Elling and Shane Bacon.  Each will start with 1000 "points."  A wager of 10 points will be placed on the Winner and Sleeper picks, and 100 points will be placed on the head-to-head matchup for the Top Ten Lock pick.

Last week, no one hit the Winner or Sleeper, although Elling darn near hit an 80-1 with Oosthuizen.  That would have been sweet!

In the head-to-head matchup, Bacon won with Mickelson (+115) over Elling who chose Woods (-140).

Standings after week 1:
Bacon: 1095
Elling:   840

This week at the Heritage Classic, Elling has Brandt Snedeker (33-1) and Boo Weekly (50-1), Bacon has Jim Furyk (25-1) and Ricky Barnes (80-1).  Head-to-head, Elling is putting up Jim Furyk (+140) vs. Bacon's Luke Donald (-170).

Category: Golf
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:40 pm

Would you like some Tiger with your Tiger?

American Golf Journalism 101

Simply substitute the word "Tiger" for "spam."
Category: Golf
Tags: Tiger Woods
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:29 pm

Most Talented Player of "Tiger Woods Era"? Rory

Don't take my word for it, listen to the words of the world's number one player, Luke Donald:

"Tiger's work ethic has always been tremendous and I think his mindset is what has separated himself from the field when he was really at the top of the game," Donald said.

"But in terms of talent, I think Rory has more. Of the guys I've played with out here on Tour Rory has the most."

Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:14 pm

The Truth About Tiger Woods Current OWGR Number

A lot of people are making a big deal out of Tiger Woods' recent "win" at a silly season event.  Many call the win of the 18-man event proof that "Woods is back." (Whatever that might mean.  When he lost in the first round of the OWGR Match Play early this year, he wasn't injured, nor was he still having to address the scandal.  Was he not "back" then?)

On one hand, Woods' ranking is negatively affected by his having to use 40 (the minimum allowed) as a divisor rather that the 27 events he has actually played.

On the other hand, the points gifted to Woods at the Chevron caused him to move from #52 to #21 in the OWGR standings.  That much from a silly season exhibition, unsanctioned by any professional golf tour?  Rory McIlroy won a 138-man tournament sanctioned by both the European and Asian tours and received fewer points than Woods got for the Chevron clambake.  (Or whatever they cook in the Valley.)

What the heck was the OWGR really telling us about the state of Woods' game?  Not much, really.  That is, until the Lanny H Golf brain trust sat down and mulled it over.  Here's what we came up with:

Woods has 150 points in past two years.  Fully 60 of those come from the Chevron points giveaway.  We subtracted those from the total, leaving 90.  Then we dropped the minimum divisor to 25, to reflect the number of non-silly season events.  The average is 3.6, which drops him only a few slots to #25.

Now there is the caveat that some of the players ahead of him were also rewarded by freebie points at the Chevron and Nedbank, so there is some degree of estimation in this, but we at Lanny H Golf are going to announce that Tiger Woods is currently ranked #25 in the world based on actual fact.

Category: Golf
Tags: OWGR, Tiger Woods
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