In order to win The International, golfers need to throw caution to the wind, make lots of birdies and eagles, and don't let those bogeys get them down because in the Modified Stableford scoring system bogeys won't hurt too much. Hmmm ... whose game does that sound like? Yup, that's right, but two-time winner Phil Mickelson is a no-show, so the pick is another free-wheeling go-getter. Expect Rich Beem, who won this event two years ago, to break his streak of no finishes in the top 30 this season with a win in Denver. After all, Beem has a habit of coming up big when it's least expected.
Jamie Farr Classic
Heather Bowie is red-hot, coming off a third-place finish at the Women's British. She's never won on tour, but likes this tournament, where she finished T-4 a year ago. Perhaps the toughest thing about playing in this Sylvania, Ohio-based event is remembering its official name -- the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger.
Hale Irwin was the choice in this spot a week ago, and he finished second at the U.S. Senior Open. We're sticking with the 59-year-old at the 3M, an event he's won three times. On a tour where the young bucks rule in their rookie seasons (see Jacobsen, Peter), Irwin keeps getting better with age.