2019 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
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.
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.
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.
Playoff win over Tony Finau
2 stroke win over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson
7 stroke win over Daniel Berger, Henrik Stenson
2 stroke win over Kevin Kisner
Playoff 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