Expect another HSBC Champions charge from Fitz


The HSBC Champions event will conclude the WGC tournaments for 2018, with world’s top stars gathering in China. The Sheshan Golf Club is the venue for the 13th year and here are our tips to enjoy a successful week in Shanghai….

Matthew Fitzpatrick – Top Five Finish @ 8/1

There has not been many more consistent players than Matthew Fitzpatrick over the last month and the Englishman also enjoys a good record in this tournament.

The 24-year-old finished tied-ninth at Sheshan last year –eight shots behind winner Justin Rose – off the back of a top-20 finish in 2016 and T7 in 2015.

Fitzpatrick return to the winners circle in September, with another victory at the Omega European Masters, following another top-10 in Denmark the week before.

The Yorkshireman also finished T16 at the British Masters, despite a frustrating final round 74.

The world number 40 has a scoring average of sub 70 at Sheshan (69.67) and is a big price (48/1) to lift the trophy on Sunday.

Dustin Johnson – Outright @ 8/1

It’s been four years since an American claimed victory in this WGC tournament, with Bubba Watson’s success coming in 2014.

The year before saw Dustin Johnson finish top of the pile and he came so close to repeating that feat last year. He led the field by six shots going into the final round, after carding 68-63-68 on the first three days.

But a 77 on Sunday saw him finish in a tie for second and he will be determined to right the wrongs this week – especially after taking a break from competitive action in recent weeks.

DJ, who is 11/1 to be the first-round leader, is paired with Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy over the first two days.

Game Odds – Russell Knox to beat Thorbjorn Olesen @ Evens

Scotland’s Russell Knox is another former winner in the field – he took top spot in 2015 before securing a top-10 finish in 2016.

Clearly he likes the set-up of this course and he has been pitted against Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen in the first round Game Odds.

Ryder Cup star Olesen has only played one tournament since Europe’s win over the USA, when he missed the cut at the British Masters after carding rounds of 73 and 76 on the first two days.

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