This week we continue our tour of Asia as we head to majestic Shanghai, China and the World Golf Championships Club for the final World Golf Championships event of the calendar year, the HSBC Champions, WGC HSBC Champions 2017.
WGC HSBC Champions 2017
Sheshan International Golf Club was the first premier private golf course in China founded in 2004 and was designed by Robin Nelson and Neil Haworth, the same pair of designers responsible for the course design at TPC Kuala Lumpur, World Golf Championships 2017.
For a rundown of the Euro Tour talent worth targeting, check out the WGC-HSBC Preview from Matt Cooper. I will focus on the golfers with a PGA TOUR card to their name, World Golf Championships 2017.
Sheshan International Golf Club, World Golf Championships 2017
Par 72 – 7,261 yards
This course should pose a solid challenge to the players this week as they contemplate distance or accuracy off the tee. In the past, we have seen some of the shorter hitters find success here but so have the bombers. It doesn’t appear to favor one style over another, WGC HSBC Champions 2017.
The fairways are a mix of rye and seashore paspalum grass. They are average width while featuring some elevation changes throughout the course. There are tree-lined fairways but aren’t as dense as some courses that we see on the PGA TOUR but definitely a handicap if you miss the fairway, WGC HSBC Champions 2017.
The greens are a formidable enemy typically running about an 11 on the stimpmeter with varying undulations and slight changes in the greens contour usually deceptive and fast. There is water on the course as well, coming into play on 11 of the 18 holes, WGC HSBC Champions 2017.
This week 28 players will be making their HSBC debut while 16 of those are playing in their first World Golf Championship event.
2017 Hideki Matsuyama
2016 Russell Knox
2015 Bubba Watson
2014 Dustin Johnson
2013 Martin Kaymer
The following stats are based on at least eight rounds of play at Sheshan since 2012. As always, thanks to fantasynational.com and make sure you check out their site.
The Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Follow all the action from China on the Golf Digest PGA Tour leader board.
Thursday Tee Times (all times ET)
No. 1 Tee
8:50 p.m. — Xinjun Zhang, Matthew Griffin, Gavin Green
9 p.m. — Andrew Dodt, Daisuke Kataoka, Charles Howell III
9:10 p.m. — Michael Hendry, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Yanwei Liu
9:20 p.m. — Wesley Bryan, Graeme Storm, Yi Cao
9:30 p.m. — Ashley Hall, Phachara Khongwatmai, Haydn Porteous
9:40 p.m. — David Lipsky, Shugo Imahira, Hyunwoo Ryu
9:50 p.m. — Matthew Southgate, S.S.P. Chawrasia, Brandon Stone
10 p.m. — Peter Uihlein, Poom Saksansin, Wenchong Liang
10:10 p.m. — Adam Hadwin, Kyle Stanley, Paul Dunne
10:20 p.m. — Hideto Tanihara, Tony Finau, Russell Henley
10:30 p.m. — Ashun Wu, Thorbjorn Olesen, Bill Haas
10:40 p.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Alexander Levy, Branden Grace
10:50 p.m. — Brian Harman, Bernd Wiesberger, Ross Fisher
No. 10 Tee
8:50 p.m. — Chez Reavie, Fabrizio Zanotti, Zecheng Dou
9 p.m. — Hudson Swafford, Richie Ramsay, Chan Kim
9:10 p.m. — Lucas Glover, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Richard Sterne
9:20 p.m. — Ryan Fox, Scott Hend, Patrick Cantlay
9:30 p.m. — Si Woo Kim, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson
9:40 p.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott, Alex Noren
9:50 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka
10 p.m. — Jordan Smith, Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari
10:10 p.m. — Rafa Cabrera Bello, Xander Schauffele, Thomas Pieters
10:20 p.m. — Daniel Berger, Charl Schwartzel, Pat Perez
10:30 p.m. — Haotong Li, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick
10:40 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Paul Casey
10:50 p.m. — Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson