There are only two weeks left on The PGA Tour calendar before the players are given a rest over the festive season. This weeks see’s the last event of the year that will bring in all of the major superstars from around the globe. China is the destination for the WGC-HSBC Champions that will be played at the Sheshan International Golf Course. It plays as a par 72 and is 7,266 yards long, and was the scene of much drama last year as Bubba Watson sunk a 20 foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark on the first extra hole of their playoff. Maybe more miraculous was Watson’s hole out from the bunker for an eagle on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with the South African. Watson seems to have the upper hand over South Africans during playoffs, famously beating Louis Oosthuizen in 2012 to win The Masters. Jordan Speith has jetted into China and will look to cement his place at the top of the world rankings but will face stiff competition from Rory Mcilroy who is fit again after his ankle injury. Mcilroy played last week in Turkey and finished in the top 10, the Northern Irishman is not far away from his best and could ignite his domination this week in China. It is a big week for the European Tour as they are only 3 events away from crowning their Race To Dubai Champion. There is a lot on the line for the players in the shake up for the Race To Dubai crown and that could point to a potential winner from The European Tour. It will be a fascinating week, and if it lives up to anything close to last years event it will be another classic.
Kevin Na (+2500 BetOnline.ag)
Kevin Na has finished runner up in his past two events and is playing incredibly consistent golf. Surely, the American has to go one better and win soon. If he can keep up his current level of play then he will be right in the mix again this weekend. With the disappointment of finishing second two weeks in a row you can bet Na will be determined to be crowned champion.
Lee Westwood (+5000 BetOnline.ag)
The former world number one looks to have regained a bit of form. He finished for a tie of 11th last week in Turkey but noticeably shot an 8 under 64 on the Thursday to record his lowest round in 14 months. He remarked afterwards that he felt ‘something had clicked’. If the Englishman can put four rounds together like that then he will be very hard to beat this weekend.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (+5000 BetOnline.ag)
The young Englishman from Sheffield has had a dream start to his professional career and enjoyed a year most seasoned pros can only dream about. He won his maiden European Tour event at The British Masters and has finished in the top 3 five times this season, which is more than anyone else. Fitzpatrick is capable of shooting the lights out on any given round and comes into this tournament full of form and promise.
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British Masters • Bubba Watson • Jordan Speith • Kevin Na • Lee Westwood • Louis Oosthuizen • Matthew Fitzpatrick • Race to Dubai • Rory Mcilroy • Sheshan International Golf Course • The European Tour • The PGA Tour • Tim Clark • WGC-HSBC Champions