Final WGC event of 2015 sees strong field head to China
The European and PGA Tours meet in China this week as a strong field head to the Sheshan International Golf Club for the final WGC event of the year.
A strong field of 78 players include 44 European Tour members looking to secure Race to Dubai points on a course which has proved tricky in the past.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions.
Your golf betting favourites
A total of 44 European Tour Members will feature in this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, and the Race to Dubai leader is looking to pull further ahead of the chasing pack.
Rory McIlroy extended his lead over Danny Willett by finishing tied sixth at last week’s Turkish Airlines Open, and the world number three is looking to return to winning ways having already won a WGC title this year.
The Northern Irishman has a terrific record at Sheshan with no worse than a T6 finish in four starts and he is a worthy 6/1 favourite.
The defending WGC-HSBC champion is Bubba Watson who produced a thrilling finish last year when he holed a bunker shot for eagle at the last to get into a play-off with Tim Clark. Watson then beat the South African with a 25-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to take the title.
As well as his win in 2014 the defending champion was T8 in 2013. With five top ten finishes in his last seven starts of the 2015 PGA Tour season he is in excellent form and should score well on Sheshan’s various par 5s. Watson should be a contender at 31/2.
Dustin Johnson won this tournament in 2013 and finished the 2015 PGA Tour season with top 10s in his last four starts. Johnson could go well at 33/2 while FedEx Cup winner Jordan Spieth returns to action this weekend and while his record at Sheshan isn’t terrific he is certainly one to watch at 8/1.
Some outsiders to consider
A win for Ireland’s Shane Lowry this weekend would make him only the second player in history to win back-to-back WGC events – following Tiger Woods – after his superb win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Lowry said: “To win one WGC event was special enough – to win another would be incredible. I definitely feel like I’ve taken my game to the next level – I now expect to compete with the best players in the world in the biggest tournaments in the world.”
Lowry has recorded three top 20s since his win at Firestone including a T2 at the recent British Masters and could go well at 33/1.
In recent weeks, Kevin Na has come close to capturing his first PGA Tour win since the 2011 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. With the 2015-16 PGA Tour season already under way, Na has finished no worse than T3 in three starts, losing in a playoff at the Frys.com Open and finishing T2 at the following week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Na finished a respectable T20 on his debut at Sheshan last year and last week admitting he was playing the best golf of his life. He is a 28/1 chance.
If you fancy an English winner of this event then it could pay to follow Chris Wood. Wood sits 13th in the Race to Dubai – which would qualify him for a share of the Bonus Pool – and has picked a great time of year to hit form.
The Englishman has finished no worse than T9 in his last four events and backers would have earned an each-way payout on three of those occasions. Fifth last week in Turkey, the 27 year old looks great each-way value at 57/1.
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