HSBC Champions Performance Chart
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,261
Purse: $10.25 million with $1,700,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Xander Schauffele
Rory McIlroy heads up the betting at 6/1 but the value in the “win only” market looks to be Justin Rose at 16/1. Rosey’s T15 in Italy kind of summed up his season to date which has mixed super golf with one dodgy round. At Olgiata, Rose went 66, 69 then a 78 on Saturday and recovered to a 64 on Sunday. That being said the Englishman loves Sheshan having won here in 2017 and finished solo 3rd defending last year. A punt within a punt.
Doc’s Top 5 Best Each Way Bets
Matthew Fitzpatrick 45/1
Comes in off a solo second in Italy where he hit 60 greens in regulation (2nd in the stats). That’s another runner-up finish for Matt to sit alongside the Scandinavian Invitational, the BMW International and The Arnie and you have to think he’ll contend again here given two top-10 finishes in 2017 and 2015.
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Returning after missing the event last year is Henrik Stenson and he’s a real horse for the Sheshan course. Runner-up here in 2017 and 2016 and while he isn’t setting the world alight this season, Henrik has notched up six top-20 finishes from his last seven starts. Still mourning the passing of his 3-wood but worth a punt!
Bernd Wiesberger 33/1
Another man returning after an injury hit 2018 is Bernd Wiesberger and here’s a chance for the big Austrian to announce himself on the global golf stage. Winner in Italy, winner in Scotland and winner at home in Denmark, he finished T9 here on his last visit in 2017 and I think he will contend.
Patrick Reed 28/1
I’ve a newfound admiration for Pat Reed after watching the way he can transition from the PGA Tour to the European Tour and be competitive on both. His T4 at the BMW PGA Championship make it 11 top 25’s from his last 12 starts and after finishing T7 twice previously at this event, he’s sure to be grinding this week.
Sergio Garcia 50/1
Only Sergio knows if he’s really up for this one. But I’m taking from his travelling to China to play in the event for the first time since a T9 in 2016 that he is. Winner of the KLM Open and T7 at the Open de Espana last time out and has the greens in regulation game to contend here. If he wants.
Long Odds Glory Shot
Christian Bezuidenhout at 100/1 makes his debut this week. Winner in Andalucia and third at the BMW PGA Championship.