MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Golf Course: Sheshan Golf Club
Location: Shanghai, China
Date & Time: Thursday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019
The 2019 World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions will take place between Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, China.
Last year, Xander Schaufelle beat Tony Finau in a playoff to win the WGC – HSBC Champions. Two years ago, we saw Justin Rose beat Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson by 2 strokes to win the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament. The year prior, we watched Hideki Matsuyama destroy the field, beating Daniel Berger and Henrik Stenson by 7 strokes.
This year, the tournament will consist of 78 golfers and therefore, for the 3rd week in a row, there will not be a cut. Golfers can qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions a numerous amount of ways. Here are the ways golfers can qualify for this year's WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament:
- Winners of the four major championships and The Players Championship
- Winners of the four World Golf Championships
- Top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings
- Top 30 players from the FedEx Cup
- Top 30 players from the Race to Dubai
- Top 4 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit
- Top 2 players from the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit
- Top 2 players from the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
- Top 2 players from the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
- Six additional players from China
The Sheshan International Golf Club is a par 72 golf course that is located in Shanghai, China. The course was designed by Nelson and Haworth, who were the same designers that did the Kuala Lumpur, which just hosted the CIMB Classic. The course measures 7,261 yards so accuracy will have more weight than distance this week.
The course is lined with trees, some of which are over 1000 years old Ginkgo trees. There are 90 bunkers and 11 holes affected by water hazards that are strategically placed throughout the course.
The majority of the course is composed of seashore paspalum from tee-to-green but the greens are made up strictly of bentgrass. It should be noted that these greens do have a lot of undulation and are not exactly easy to play on.
This week, we are using the history on the course, dating back to 2005, with the exception of 2012. In 2012, the tournament was held at Shenzhen at Mission Hills so we left that out of our research.
I would highly suggest you do the same as the formulation and makeup of the course is completely different than that of Sheshan Golf Club.
In addition to course history and recent form, we will also use statistics from the following categories.
- Strokes Gained: Putting
- Birdie or Better %
- Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green
- Greens In Regulation
- Driving Accuracy
- Fairways Hit
- Sand Saves
WGC – HSBC Champions Golfers
Matt Wallace at 35/1 – My top play for the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament is Matt Wallace. Wallace sets up ideally for this tournament. While he hasn’t played particularly good at this course, finishing in 50th place last year in the only time he has played here, he comes in with excellent form. He finished in 8th place at the Portugal Masters last week, and 8th the tournament prior at the Italian Open. He has the talent and the capability to take down this tournament and at these tremendous odds, he is one of the best values on the board.
Tyrrell Hatton at 37/1 – Tyrrell Hatton hasn’t won on the PGA Tour or the European Tour in over 2 years. He has sort of distanced himself from the rest of the pro’s and sort of fell by the side. Hatton took about 2 months off from the golf scene and since returning, has been playing very strong golf, sort of like we saw from him back in 2017. Two weeks ago, he finished in 6th place at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the week prior, finished in 18th place at the Italian Open. He also has a 15th place finish 2 weeks before that at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He has peak form right now and is a great option this week at these odds.
Corey Conners at 63/1 – In Conners last 3 tournaments, he finished in 6th, 12th and 13th place. He comes in with great form and will be looking for his 2nd win of 2019. Conners won the Valero Texas Open, and now looks to step up his game and compete in a much larger scale tournament.
Andrea Pavan at 95/1 – Pavan is most known for playing on the European Tour and in the past 2 years, has played in just 1 WGC event. Pavan is the type of golfer that could come in here and make his name by knocking off the upper caliber talent and running away with this tournament. In 6 of his last 7 tournaments, he has finished inside the Top 16 so he is in great form and he should take a liking to this course. At 95/1, you must play him this week!