The WGC HSBC Champions is hosted once more by the stunning Sheshan Golf Club in China, and this will be the 10th time the course has hosted the event.
Previous renewals have thrown-up an assortment of winners with David Howell, Yang Yong-Eun, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickleson (twice), Francesco Molinari, Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson being the previous winners, suggesting that all types of players can triumph here, though Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson certainly used their length off the tee to great advantage.
This year’s renewal in a stellar one with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth headlining. Both could easily win, but McIlroy has an annoying habit of getting placed here, whilst Spieth 17th and 35th in two appearances makes little appeal. Watson is reluctantly passed over as reigning champion, as the extra attention he’ll get as defending champion is enough to put me off – and so to this week’s 4 selections.
Rickie Fowler 2 points each-way @ 20/1 (Betfair Sportsbook, Paddy Power) ¼ odds 5 places
Fowler is getting ever more comfortable on the world stage, and under Butch Harmon’s guidance he looks sure to add more victories to the ones he’s already bagged in 2015. 3rd here last year shows he can handle the track, and victory here would mean much more to him than any of the players before him in the market.
Paul Casey 1 point each-way @ 35/1 (Bet365) ¼ odds 5 places
Winning a big event like this would give Paul Casey a great chance of making the 2016 European Ryder Cup Team, and he’s got plenty of course form to add to back-up his resurgent form of 2015, including one top-5 and four further top-10s.
Mark Leishman 0.5 points each-way @ 150/1 (Bet365) ¼ odds 5 places + 1 point top-10 @ 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
The Australian has showed on more than one occasion that he can mix it with the world’s best and, after getting through his well-documented family troubles in 2015, he might be ready to kick-start his campaign in style at a course he finished 9th at in 2014.
Thorbjorn Olesen 0.5 points each-way @ 175/1 (Stan James) ¼ odds 5 places + 1 point top-10 @ 11/1 (Stan James)
The young Dane is a real hit and miss golfer but, after finishing 6th here last year, he may well see this as an ideal course to pick-up plenty of points towards a Ryder Cup spot; which is certainly a possibility after his recent Dunhill Links win. He went into that tournament with figures of MC/67/MC, so don’t let recent form figures of MC/50/41 put you off.