Pick 'Em Challenge winners visit finale in Arizonatext sizeJerry Eddy (right) and his brother Lou (left) are guests of the Champions Tour after Jerry won the Pick 'Em Challenge.November 02, 2012
John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, though in Scottsdale, Ariz., this year, had a distinct Utah flavor in the first two rounds.
Jay Don Blake took the first-round lead at Desert Mountain, then in Round 2 had an honorary observer of note -- an old college teammate from Utah State, Jerry Eddy.
Eddy won a trip to the Champions Tour finale by winning the Pick 'Em Challenge, a contest challenging fans to pick five different players over five tournaments.
"I found it on Facebook last year and I didn't do very good," said Eddy, who lives in Utah and works as an IT specialist. "This year I just picked my five guys to begin with."
From there, Eddy made some shrewd roster moves. He changed his pick for the Hawaii Pacific Links Championship from Blake to Tom Lehman, figuring players rarely win in back-to-back weeks and having just seen Blake win the Boeing Classic. Lehman finished T4 in Hawaii, earning Eddy valuable points.
For the SAS Championship, Eddy switched his pick from Fred Couples to Bernhard Langer, figuring the German would be excited after seeing his countryman Martin Kaymer win the Ryder Cup for Europe. Sure enough, Langer won.
With that, Eddy was set for Arizona -- and brought his older brother Lou along.
"I was in Wyoming on a fishing trip," Lou Eddy said. "His wife elected not to go. Now that we got here and saw what was in the area, all the shops and whatnot, she'd probably have loved it."
Jerry and Lou met several players and Champions Tour officials at a dinner on Thursday night and are staying in town through the third round.