WGC HSBC Champions Betting Preview 2017

WGC-HSBC Champions Betting Preview 2017Sheshan International GC (West), Sheshan, China

Par 72, 7,266 yards

The Course

The WGC-HSBC Champions returns to Sheshan International Golf Club this week for its 12th year. The field includes most the world’s top golfers including Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Previous winners include Martin Kaymer (2011), Dustin Johnson (2013), Bubba Watson (2014), Russell Knox (2015) and Hideki Matsuyama (2016).

Sheshan is a par 72 measuring 7,266 yards and has four par 5’s, four par 3’s and 10 par 4’s. The course has some elevation changes along with some man-made lakes and tree lined fairways.

A mixture of length and accuracy will be advantageous here with around half of the par 4’s measuring 450 plus and two of the par 5’s measuring over 590 yards. The fairways are average width, undulating and tree lined with water coming into play on 11 holes.

The greens are elevated, undulating Bentgrass and are larger than average by Tour standards so scoring should be good this week.

The main areas of focus here are previous form/current form, driving distance and accuracy, GIR, SGP, par 4 scoring and par 5 scoring.

 

Marc Leishman 18/1 WGC-HSBC Champions Betting Preview 2017Marc Leishman 18/1

The Aussie came close to his third win in 12 months last weekend at the CJ Cup in Korea. He fired rounds of 66,72,71,70 getting into a playoff with FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas and ended up losing the second playoff hole and finishing second. He has played some great golf throughout this year with wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill and the BMW Championship at the end of September in Conway Farms. Leishman has had four top 10’s, a win and a top 15 in his last nine starts and is no stranger to winning.

He had a great week at the Qucken Loans finishing T5 and followed that with a T6 at The Open, T13 at the PGA, solo third at the Dell Technologies Championship, a win at the BMW and a T24 at the Tour Championship. He has played well here in Shanghai in the past finishing solo ninth in 2014 which included two 69’s over the weekend and a T11 in 2015 shooting an impressive 65,68 on Saturday and Sunday.

Last season Leishman ranked 50th in both driving distance and GIR. He also ranked 37th in SGP, 15th in SGTTG and ranked in the top 20 for par 3, par 4 and par 5 scoring which all look hugely positive for this course. 18/1 looks decent value for a guy that’s bang in form.

 

Ross Fisher WGC HSBC Champions Betting Preview 2017Ross Fisher 25/1

Fisher arrives in China this week in good form on the back of two second place finishes in his last two starts. He played very well at the Alfred Dunhill Links shooting rounds of 71,68,67 in the first three rounds and then caught fire in round four shooting a course record 61 around St Andrews on Sunday to finish solo second. The Englishman then travelled to Italy for the Open De Italia and shot four rounds of 68 or better including a final round 63 on Sunday to finish T2.

Fisher has a great record on this course over the last few years finishing sixth last year, third in 2015, T16 in 2010 and T28 in 2009. He has played well in Asia over the years finishing no worse than T16 at the Shenzhen International in his last three appearances including a T3 this year and a T6 at the China Open back in April.

Statswise he ranks 44th in driving distance averaging just over 300 yards off the tee and sixth in GIR. Fisher is a real horse for the course kind of player and clearly likes Sheshan. He looks a good shout here especially in the form he is in.

 

Tony Finau 33/1 WGC-HSBC Champions Betting Preview 2017Tony Finau 33/1 

This is will be the big hitting American’s first WGC event this week in China and it comes a course that could really suit him. Finau has been playing some great golf lately and finished the 2016/17 season off with four top 10 finishes from the Greenbrier to the Tour Championship. He finished T7 at the Greenbrier shooting four rounds of 69 or better and followed that with a T27 at The Open and a T5 in Canada which included another four rounds in the 60’s.

Finau had a great finish to the FedExCup Playoffs finishing T7 at the BMW and another T7 at the Tour Championship at East Lake. He has had a great start to the new season finishing T2 at the Safeway and followed that with a respectable T26 last week in the CJ Cup and looks primed and ready for a big performance.

Staswise he ticks the boxes here ranking 16th in driving distance averaging an impressive 316 off the tee which is a big plus taking on these makeable par 5’s. He also ranks 24th in SGP and 13th in par 5 scoring. Although this is his first appearance here Finau has the game and the ball striking to go well.

 

Top 20 Double –

Matt Fitzpatrick/Brice Garnett @ 5.7/1

Matt Fitz has the ideal mix of great current form and good history on this course. After winning the European Masters last month he has continued on an upward curve finishing T11 at the British Masters, T15 at the Alfred Dunhill and a T15 last week in Italy. He has a great record here finishing T7 in 2015 and T16 last year.

Brice Garnett is looks in fine fettle coming into this week with two wins and five top 20’s in his last 10 starts on the Web.com Tour. He won the Utah Championship and followed that with another win which came at the Portland Championship at the end of August. He has played here twice before missing the cut last year but posting a T9 in 2015.

 

Final selections – 

Marc Leishman 1pt EW 18/1 

Ross Fisher 0.5pts EW 25/1

Tony Finau 0.5pts EW 33/1 

Top 20 Double 1pt EW

Total staked = 6 pts

 

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CIMB Classic 2017 Betting Preview and Tips

CIMB Classic 2017 Betting Preview and Tips Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (West Course), Malaysia 

Par 72, 7,005 yards  

 The Course 

The PGA Tour travels to Malaysia this week for the CIMB Classic. This is the fifth time Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is hosting the event and has also played host to the Malaysian Open on the European Tour for the last seven years.

The event took place for the first time back in 2010 at The Mines Resort and Country Club in Selangor, which is located just outside Kuala Lumpur where Ben Crane was crowned the winner on 18 under par. Previous winners include Justin Thomas (2015 and 2016) and Ryan Moore (2014 & 2013).

The course is a short  par 72 measuring 7,005 yards and has four very make-able par 5’s, four par 3’s and 10 par 4’s. The fairways are fairly forgiving so accuracy won’t be too much of an issue. The greens here are paspalum and are large, undulating and guarded by lots of bunkers so good scrambling will be required. Water is in play on 13 holes and will present some risk reward shots especially on the par 5’s and some of the short par 4’s. There is only a field of 78 players and there is no cut after 36 holes.

Statistically, players that putt well and hit a lot of greens tend to go well on this course. The main areas of focus are current/previous form, GIR, strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained putting. The weather is a bit mixed with rain forecast on Thursday but it should be dry for the rest of the week. The rain will make this course quite soft so expect the greens to be quite receptive.

 

 Charl Schwartzel 28/1 CIMB Classic 2017 Betting Preview and Tips Charl Schwartzel 28/1 

The South African has a decent record in this neck of the woods over the years and comes here on the back of a respectable performance in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He finished T24 at the WGC Bridgestone and followed that with a T29 at the Northern Trust, T25 at the Dell Technologies Championship and a T27 at the BMW. He had a couple of standout performances earlier in the season where he finished solo third at the Masters and an impressive T2 at the FedEx St Jude Classic.

Schwartzel has a decent record here finishing T19 in 2014 which included a pair of 68’s over the weekend, 11th in 2011 Malaysian Open, sixth in the 2012 Malaysian Open, fourth in the 2013 Malaysian Open. He was averaging just under 300 yards off the tee on the PGA Tour last season and has the length to take full advantage of the short par 5’s.

 

Ian Poulter 28/1 CIMB Classic 2017 Betting Preview and TipsIan Poulter 28/1

Englishman Poulter looks a decent shout here this week and its easy to see why when you consider his glowing record in Asia over the last few years. He finished T6 in the Singapore Open in 2010 and followed that with a win in Hong Kong the following week. He also finished T4 in Hong Kong in 2011, solo fourth in Lake Malaren in Shanghai at the BMW Masters in 2012 and a win at the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2012 in a top class field. Poulter has only played here only once before finishing T17 which included three rounds of 69 or better.

His current form has been decent finishing T2 at the Players Championship, T14 at The Open, solo third at the Canadian Open, a respectable T22 at the PGA and a T11 at the British Masters. He seems to be hitting the ball well lately and has the short game and putting prowess to have a good week here.

 

Kevin Na 33/1 CIMB Classic 2017 Betting Preview and TipsKevin Na 33/1 

Na has been playing good golf over the last two months. He comes here on the back of a T37 at the Safeway but that doesn’t accurately reflect how he played for most of the tournament. He started very well shooting rounds of 70,71,66 and was well positioned going into round four but a triple bogey on the ninth and a double on the 10th ruined his chances which led to a disappointing 77.

Na played very well towards the end of the season finishing T4 at the Wyndham, which included four rounds of 68 or better, a T29 at the Northern Trust and an impressive T6 at the Dell Technologies Championship which included four rounds of 70 or better.

The American has a great record here in Malaysia finishing T2 in 2014, T3 in 2015 and a respectable T29 last year. In his last 12 competitive rounds here at KL Country Club, Na has shot no worse than a 70 eleven times and has a combined score of 47 under par in total in three appearances. He is a real horse for the course and with solid current form, he looks good value each way at 33/1.

 

Scott Hend 80/1

The big hitting Aussie looks in great shape coming to Malaysia and has been showing some good form over the last few weeks. Hend had a decent performance at the Fiji International finishing T24 and followed that with a super performance at the European Masters, which included an opening round 64 and a second round 63. He ended up in a playoff with Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick but lost on the first playoff hole and finished solo second. He then travelled to the Albertsons Boise Open in LA and posed a respectable 10 under par total to finish T17 for the week.

The Aussie has a great record here at KL Country Club finishing T7 in this event last year, T27 in 2015, T14 at the 2015 Malaysian Open, T18 at the 2014 Malaysian Open and T11 at the 2012 Malaysian Open. Hend has a great record in Asia over the last few years and hits the ball an average of just over 300 yards which will suit here. With his current form and length, he looks great value and has the firepower to take full advantage of these short par 5’s.

 

Final Selections – 

Charl Schwartzel 28/1 1pt EW

Ian Poulter 28/1 0.5pts EW

Kevin Na 33/1 0.5pts EW

Scott Hend 80/1 0.5pts EW

Total staked = 5pts 

 

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