WGC HSBC Champions betting tips & predictions – inaugurated in 2005 the WGC HSBC Champions is held annually in China. It is the fourth tournament on the WGC calendar along with the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, the WGC Mexico Championship, and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational events.
The field is limited to 78 and consists primarily of players who have won the top tournaments since the previous WGC HSBC tournament. It also features leading players in the world rankings and money lists of the major tours.
The Sheshan International Golf Course had been the host course since the beginning except in 2012 when the event was moved to the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills. The tournament was upgraded to a World Golf Championship event in 2009.
Sheshan International Golf Course was designed by Nelson & Haworth who also designed the West Course in Kuala Lumpur for the CIMB Classic. The layout is a 7,261 yard Par 72 which features well-placed bunkers throughout and deep collection areas. There are water features on more than half the holes and the greens are undulating. The layout is a solid all-round test of golf.
Hideki Matsuyama won the tournament last year by an impressive seven shots from Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger. He carded rounds of 66, 65, 68 and 66 rolling in a total of 29 birdies. He had this to say about his victory;
“Sheshan has some very special memories for me. It was a great honour to become the first Japanese winner of a World Golf Championships and to do it against such a world-class field was very special”
Matsuyama finished the week T43 for Driving Accuracy, T10 in GIR and 1st for both Putts per GIR and Birdies.
The 2016 champion, Russell Knox, won by two strokes from Kevin Kisner shooting a score of -20 (268). He finished the week T5 for Driving Accuracy, T3 for GIR, 6th for Putts per GIR and T1 for Birdies.
In 2015, Bubba Watson forced a playoff with Tim Clark after a spectacular hole out from the bunker on the 72nd hole.
Bubba went on to win with a birdie on the first playoff hole. He finished the week T12 for GIR, T31 for Putts per Round and T21 for Birdies.
Dustin Johnson 8/1, Hideki Matsuyama 10/1 and John Rahm 16/1 are the Bookmakers favourites for this week’s WGC HSBC Champions
WGC HSBC Champions Betting Tips 2017