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Here are our golf betting tips the WGC HSBC Champions, starting this Thursday over the Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China.  Like last week ,there is a 78 man field for the event, with 10 former Major champions who have won a combined 18 majors; led by ‘Lefty’ himself Phil Mickelson.    

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WGC-HSBC Champions : G-Mac the value punt in China

Venue : Sheshan International GC (West), 7,266 yards, par 72. Set amid 1,000-year-old gingko trees, manmade waterways and a natural quarry, the Nelson & Haworth design returns as host after a one-year absence when the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions went to Mission Hills at which Ian Poulter won his second WGC Event. Sheshan International opened in 2004 as the Shanghai region’s first golf club and remains one of its most exclusive. Tiger Woods once called the layout “the crowning jewel of all of Asian golf.”

Last Five Winners

2012 – I.Poulter

2011 – M.Kaymer

2010 – F.Molinari 

2009 – P.Mickelson

2008 – S.Garcia

 

Inside The Field : 77 Players are lined up to start here in the HSBC Champions World Golf Championship which includes the newly crowned FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson and three reigning major winners, joining defending champion Ian Poulter.  Henrik Stenson is up to No 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in the FedExCup Playoffs.  World No 1 Tiger Woods and world No 2 Adam Scott are opting to sit out the event so this leaves British Open champion Phil Mickelson as the highest ranked player in the field at No.3. U.S. Open winner Justin Rose and PGA Championship titleholder Jason Dufner also make the trip. Jordan Spieth, fresh off becoming Rookie of the Year, tees it up for the first time in a WGC Event.

 72 HOLE RECORD 267, IAN POULTER ( 2012 at Mission Hills )

 18 HOLE RECORD 63, DAISUKE MARUYAMA ( 2009 ) 63, RORY McILROY ( 2009 ) 63, ERNIE ELS ( 2009 ) 63, LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN ( 2012 at Mission Hills ) 63, ERNIE ELS  ( 2012 at Mission Hills ) 63, GAGANJEET BHULLAR  ( 2012 at Mission Hills )

Selections

After closely looking at the previous five years form at this weeks event at the Sheshan International Golf Course in China,  I felt the best way to attack the market was to closely look at players from Europe who have had decent success either in this part of the world or within the past five years at this particular event.

 

Graeme McDowell   50/1 Each Way- Coral – Open a new Coral account by clicking this link and get a free £50 bet.

G-Mac at 50-1 each way is massive value for a player who has won a major in 2010 and also notched up 3 wins already in 2013.  The Irishman, who has never won a WGC event before, has all the credentials needed to win this type of tournament. Graeme finished 3rd behind Martin Kaymer last time the event was staged here, so he should be feeling confident on his return.

Luke Donald    40/1 Each Way- Coral – Open a new Coral account by clicking this link and get a free £50 bet.

Since Luke lost his number 1 world ranking back in 2012 he has appeared to struggle, not finding a win at all in 2013 so far, with only a few weeks left remaining in the year.  Luke’s last win was in Japan at the end of 2012 and because of this, Luke will be eager to find a win before the year is out.  Hopefully, he will be able to capture the form he had here in 2010 when he finished in 3rd position.

Lee Westwood   28/1 Each Way- WINNER SPORTS – Open a new Winner account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.

“Westy” like the two players mentioned above, has never won a WGC event, although, Lee has narrowly missed out on winning this tournament twice, first time being beaten in a play-off by course specialist, Phil Mickelson, and the second time being outclassed by the Italian Francesco Molinari here in 2010.  Lee probably should have been coming here as a major winner after blowing a glorious opportunity at this years British Open.  However, with his course form here and six "Asian Tour wins under his belt, he should feel confident in finding his first WGC win.

Henrik Stenson   16/1 Win- William Hill- Open a new William Hill account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet. 

Stenson, the newly crowned FedEx Cup champion, is in sparkling form.  His recent run of form in the latter half of this year, has been reminiscent of Woods in his heyday.  Although, Henrik is yet to win a major championship, if he continues to keep this form of play into 2014, then he must have every chance of securing that first elusive major title.  The Swede has already won a WGC event back in 2007 beating Geoff Ogilvy in Match-Play, and the following year finishing fifth to Sergio Garcia at this years venue.

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