The PGA Tour Asian Swing continues in China with the World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions in China. It’s the first WGC event on the 2020 PGA Tour schedule and BetOnline Sportsbook Review places Rory McIlroy as the favorite player to win outright. McIlroy is the only player under +1000 coming in at +600 with last year's winner trailing slightly behind.

Golf Glance: Schauffele defends WGC-HSBC title

Xander Schauffele is the defending HSBC Champions winner and comes in at +1400. Last year Schauffele defeated Tony Finau in a playoff and Finau is also in the field this year. BetOnline's odds to win the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions are below but here are the top-three favored players to win outright.


Rory McIlroy+600
Hideki Matsuyama+1200
Xander Schauffele+1400


Two Recent Playoff Endings and Tight Finishes

Top-Rated Online Sportsbooks look at trends and the WGC - HSBC Champions has two big trends worth noting. The first is that two of the last five events have ended in playoffs and the margin of winning has been less than three strokes thirteen of the fourteen times this tournament has been played. Here’s how the last five events have ended.


2018Xander Schauffele−14Playoff win over Tony Finau
2017Justin Rose−142 stroke win over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson
2016Hideki Matsuyama−237 stroke win over Daniel Berger, Henrik Stenson
2015Russell Knox−202 stroke win over Kevin Kisner
2014Bubba Watson−11Playoff win over Tim Clark


Predicting the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

Tony Finau comes into the opening round as last year’s runner up and showed a knack for working his way around Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai. Finau started the 2020 season off with a T9 at the Shriner’s but carded a T59 at the ZOZO Championship last week. He’s climbed to No. 14 on the Official World Golf Rankings list. Finau’s key to success will be his putter backing up his long tee shots.

Xander Schauffele is the defending WGC – HSBC Champions winner but he’s struggled with his driver finishing ranked 127th at 60.29 last year. Schauffele finished nine events last year outside of the top-25 as a result of his driver off the tee woes. Schauffele needs to connect with more landing zones and fairways this week to allow his accurate touch with approach shots to put him a position to make more birdies.

Phil Mickelson won this event back in 2007 and 2009. This week the left-handed legend comes into Thursday play at +8000. Mickelson, like Tiger Woods who won the ZOZO Championship last weekend, has the ability to win a tournament every time they tee up! However, Mickelson has struggled in the three events that he’s played in the 2020 season. Out of three 2020 tournaments, he’s missed one cut and finished T61 at the Shriners and sole 31st at the CJ Cup. The Lefty will need his entire bag to come alive to win in Shanghai.

Tiger Woods is not in the field this week after his win at the ZOZO. That leaves a vacuum when it comes to media names to watch. McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama (+1200), and Mickelson will fill the void but don’t be surprised if Tommy Fleetwood (+2500) or Patrick Reed (+2800) make a run for the win on Sunday.

Odds to win the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions


Rory McIlroy+600
Hideki Matsuyama+1200
Xander Schauffele+1400
Justin Rose+1600
Paul Casey+2200
Tony Finau+2500
Tommy Fleetwood+2500
Henrik Stenson+2500
Patrick Reed+2800
Adam Scott+2800
Sungjae Im+2800
Jordan Spieth+2800
Cameron Smith+3300
Tyrrell Hatton+3300
Matt Wallace+3300
Byeong-Hun An+3300
Billy Horschel+3300
Bernd Wiesberger+3300
Shane Lowry+4000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+4000
Matthew Fitzpatrick+4000
Corey Conners+4000
Ian Poulter+4000
Sergio Garcia+5000
Charles Howell III+5000
Louis Oosthuizen+5000
Adam Hadwin+5000
Danny Willett+5000
Francesco Molinari+5000
Andrew Putnam+6600
Kevin Na+6600
Erik Van Rooyen+6600
HaoTong Li+6600
Robert Macintyre+6600
Keegan Bradley+6600
Andrea Pavan+6600
Kevin Kisner+6600
Joost Luiten+8000
Chez Reavie+8000
Phil Mickelson+8000
Matthias Schwab+8000
Lucas Glover+8000
Kurt Kitayama+8000
Jason Kokrak+8000
Xinjun Zhang+8000
Abraham Ancer+10000
Bubba Watson+10000
JT Poston+10000
Michael Lorenzo-Vera+10000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+10000
Kevin Tway+15000
Victor Perez+15000
Paul Waring+15000
Justin Harding+15000
Romain Langasque+15000
Benjamin Hebert+20000
Jazz Janewattananond+20000
Chan Kim+20000
Ryo Ishikawa+20000
Richard Sterne+20000
Zander Lombard+20000
Ze-Cheng Dou+25000
Masahiro Kawamura+25000
Jorge Campillo+25000
Ashun Wu+30000
Neil Schietekat+30000
Yechun Yuan+40000
Jake McLeod+40000
Scott Hend+40000
Mikumu Horikawa+40000
Matthew Millar+50000
Jbe Kruger+50000
Yosuke Asaji+50000
Wen-Chong Liang+50000
Bryce Easton+50000
Daniel Nisbet+75000



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Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

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