WGC HSBC Champions Betting Tips
Christmas is the closest thing that golfers get to an off-season. The demands of playing and travelling around the world are such that at this of the year, some players are already spent.
The likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have already announced that they won’t be playing until the new year. While that is understandable, it does weaken the field for this week’s WGC HSBC Champions.
Still, we’ve still got a plethora of world class players competing at Sheshan International and should be in line for a cracking renewal of this prestigious event.
Sheshan to Provide a Rare Level Playing Field
There is an old cliché among golfers that “it’s not how, it’s how many.” In the end, golf is about getting the ball into the hole in the fewest number of shots but the game has changed so significantly over recent years that some believe that saying is no longer true.
The increasingly athletic nature of golfers, improvements in technology and changes to golf course design have all combined to make the professional game much more about power than it’s ever been before.
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Thankfully, things are very different at Sheshan International.
Players as diverse as David Howell, Bubba Watson, Russell Knox and Dustin Johnson have won the HSBC Champions since it was first held in 2005. That shows us that any style of golf can be successful around the 7,261 yard, par-72 layout.
Fleetwood and Noren to Lead the European Tour Challenge
The PGA Tour is increasing its footing in the Far East but they still trail the European Tour when it comes to hosting the tournament in this part of the world.
The European Tour has been hosting multiple events in the Far East for years which is one reason why the WGC HSBC Champions has always felt like a European Tour event. European players have a good record at Sheshan International and we believe that two of the very best, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren, have a great chance of winning this week.
Fleetwood has had a wonderful 2017 on and off the course and currently heads the Race to Dubai rankings. He’d love nothing more than to head into the playoff events on the back of a big global win and with his driving ability and top-notch approach play, Fleetwood looks very good value at 35/1 with Marathonbet.
If Noren is to hit the top of the leaderboard this week he’ll go about it quite differently to Fleetwood.
The Swede is rarely happy with his game from tee-to-green (it’s one of the reasons he works so hard) but he really comes to life on the greens.
Winning at Sheshan International requires some seriously low scoring and Noren’s ability to hole putts from all over the green means he can certainly go low enough at 60/1 with 888Sport.
Haotong Can Delight the Home Fans
The HSBC Champions welcomes the best talent from golf tours all over the world but the event organisers always ensure that a minimum of six players from China are included in the field.
For most of those players, this represents a chance to see what golf at the very top levels is all about. But for Haotong Li, it represents a genuine opportunity to win.
The 22-year-old has become a very popular face on the European Tour where he already has a win to his name. He also placed third in the Open at Royal Birkdale in the summer where he displayed his skill at playing in tricky conditions.
With the wind forecast to whip up on the weekend, Haotong has a very good chance to contend at a tempting 125/1 with Boylesports.