WGC-HSBC Champions Betting Preview Tips and Predictions

October 27th – 30th, 2016

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7.199
Purse: $9.5 million with $1,400,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Russell Knox

It’s Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, this week for the smash fest that is the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. History has taught us that players who hit it long and straight prevail here and thus pretty much inseparable and unbackable at the top are Rory McIlroy (9/2) and DJ (6/1)
McIlroy will game his new TaylorMade M2 woods at the event for the first time and through five appearances here, the worst finish he has is T11.

Doc’s Top Five Best Each Way Bets

Paul Casey 20/1

The question is can Paul Casey take up where he left off after a brilliant end to the 2016 PGA Tour season?  He came fourth in the Tour Championship, second in the BMW Championship and second in the Deutsche Bank on the back of stellar iron play; in fact a run through his form shows Casey has ranked in the top 10 GIR players in last six straight events.  No surprise so that he’s played well at Sheshan before with a stack of top 10 finishes.  No brainer for each way.

Ross Fisher 60/1

Fisher’s T67 at the British Masters was understandable given the hectic two weeks previous where he went T2 at the Alfred Dunhill and solo second at the European Open; it’s mentally tough to keep fighting after coming so close.  Rested after a week off Ross is back on a course he loves; he finished T3 in 2015 and has never been outside the top 30 here.  Likes a late season flourish and nobody deserves a win more.

Alex Noren 45/1

A T37 in Portugal was almost like a week off for Alex but the bookies have him quoted at 45/1 owing in part to what seems like a punishing schedule.  If that doesn’t bother you, consider that the Swede is just about the most in form player in the world right now with wins at the British Masters and European Open.  Statistically doesn’t have the game from Sheshan but Alex at the moment seems above statistics.

Bernd Wiesberger 40/1

I’ve been trying to spread the gospel of Bernd to whoever will listen because I believe he is Europe’s version of Dustin Johnson.  T17 here in 2015 and arguably an even better, more consistent player this season.  The Austrian’s formline reads solo second last time out at The Grove, T7 on the links in Scotland before that, fifth in Germany and second in Holland.  Great each way chances at 40/1.

Patrick Reed 25/1

Weather at Sheshan can get nasty at times making the rough juicy and a guy I look to in those situations is Pat Reed.  He is coming in here off nine straight top 25 finishes and got his win at The Barclays.  Unlike guys like Rory and DJ, Reed does his damage on the greens; he has been in the top 10 in putting in six of his last nine starts. Improved his score in last two visits to Sheshan with a T22 in 2014 and T7 in 2015.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Kevin Chappell is priced at 66/1 and though a debutant here in China is becoming a big event player.  Chappell was T2 Tour Championship and T8 at the Deutsche Bank and fronted up in some big events like The Players and Arnie’s Tournament.  Keep an eye on his progress.

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