The last tournament of 2018 with elite-level talent takes place this week in Shanghai as we get Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose at the WGC-HSBC Champions. There will be loads of cash handed out, some super awkward pre-tournament photo ops and (probably) some awesome golf.
Let’s take a look at this week’s contest.
What: WGC-HSBC Champions | When: October 24-28
Where: Sheshan Golf Club — Shanghai, China
Ranking the field (odds)
Field strength — A: It’s a really good field that only lacks Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler in terms of global star power. I’m excited for some late night — or early, early morning — golf!
Three stories to watch
1. Brooks as No. 1: Right after he won the CJ Cup last week, Koepka was already talking about holding onto his No. 1 ranking and how important this week is in terms of going into the offseason (if you can call it that) on a high note.
“I’ve got next week, and … coming out the first week as No. 1, I’d like to really play well,” said Koepka. “Really kind of focus in and make sure my game is in a good place so this offseason I can really get to it and be prepared and stay healthy.”
2. No Henrik? This week’s tournament is actually somewhat notable for who’s not in attendance. After finishing second in the last two WGC-HSBC Champions events, Henrik Stenson will miss this one after having surgery on his elbow. At least there’s no chance of injuring himself in those absurd pre-event photo shoots this time around.
3. Euro reunion: Of the winning 2018 European Ryder Cup team, 10 of the 12 golfers will play this week (only Stenson and Sergio Garcia are not in the field). That will be fun for a number of reasons, mostly because eight of them are among the top 14 favorites. Also because we might get a Fleetwood-Francesco Molinari redux in Shanghai, which I’m not sure anyone (least of all Tiger Woods) is ready for.
- 2017: Justin Rose
- 2016: Hideki Matsuyama
- 2015: Russell Knox
- 2014: Bubba Watson
- 2013: Dustin Johnson
So who will win the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions, and what massive long shot can stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine now to find out and see the full projected leaderboard from the model that’s nailed four of the last six majors heading into the weekend.
WGC-HSBC Champions picks
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