WGC HSBC Champions Betting Tips 2014
This week we head over to the largest city in World, Shanghai for the final WGC event of the year. Last seasons winner Dustin Johnson does not feature as he’s taking a “break” from the sport, despite this the field is a top class one with many of best players in the world taking part, although neither Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy will be making an appearance. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are towards the front of the betting after the European pair both recorded top ten finishes last week in the BMW Masters and the CIMB Classic. Many are expecting Rickie Fowler to have a big season although he still has a lot to prove as he’s won just once on the PGA Tour so far in his short career, the talented American can be backed at 28/1.
The Course – Sheshan International Golf Club
Course Yardage: 7261
Sheshan International is not the toughest of golf courses on the tour schedule and that was evident last year as Dustin Johnson shot an incredible 24 under to win this event, therefore i’ll be looking to back those that are capable of shooting low scores. The course plays 7261 yards and it certainly favours the big hitters as you can tell from the results of previous years although length off the tee is not essential as Francesco Molinari proved in 2010. More important than distance is almost certainly approaches to the green this week and that’ll be something I look at closely when placing my bets. Finally last week the first event of the European Tour’s Final Series took place and like this weeks event it was held in Shanghai, those that played in the BMW Masters have an advantage over those that did not ahead of this weeks WGC HSBC Champions in my opinion.
Gary Woodland – Woodland is a two time PGA Tour winner and one of the better players on the PGA Tour. In his opening event of the season Gary finished in 2nd position hitting 80.56% of greens in regulation which suggests he is playing well. Dustin Johnson shot 24 under par to win this event last year which shows how important it is to shoot low, Woodland is certainly capable of this, last season he averaged 3.65 birdies per round which is impressive. Finally length off the tee is an advantage this week as proved over recent years and Woodland is one of the longest on the PGA Tour, last season he was ranked 9th in terms of driving distance.
Patrick Reed – USA’s Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed features in Shanghai this week and odds of 66/1 are almost certainly on the generous side. Since emerging on the PGA Tour he has won three events in a short period of time which shows what a quality player he is. Patrick finished 26th last week in the CIMB Classic which was played in Kuala Lumpur and it’s an advantage playing in that event in my opinion as the flight to Shanghai is relatively short compared with a flight from America to Shanghai. Reed’s game appears to suit Sheshan International golf course, he’s long off the tee and capable of making a lot of birdies, both of which are vital this week.
Kevin Streelman – After missing the cut in his first event of the season Kevin has performed well, he finished 2nd in the Shriners Hospitals shooting 18 under par just a few weeks ago and last week in the CIMB Classic he finished in 26th position despite going into the final round in 5th, these results show Streelman is playing some pretty good golf. Playing in the CIMB Classic last week is advantageous in my opinion as the flight to Shanghai is far shorter than it is from the USA. Streelman did play in this event last season and finished in 34th position which isn’t terrible, he now also has some course experience which is important in my opinion. His game does suit Sheshan International in my opinion, low scoring is required and he proved he can go low just a few weeks ago.