Rob Taylor (@RobTaylorSport) previews the WGC HSBC Champions and provides us with his best bets for this week’s latest event from China.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +10.95pts

2019 WGC HSBC Champions Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 31/10/19
  • Time: First tee off 12am (GMT)
  • Venue: Sheshan International, Shanghai, China
  • Channel: Sky Sports Golf.

Back to back successes, get the preview firmly back on track, with 40/1 Kurt Kitayama securing an each way pay out with his 4th place finish in Paris a fortnight ago. After a short break last week, the preview is back with the final WGC event of the year and the HSBC Champions from Shanghai in China.

A $10m purse is on offer this week, in what is a really interesting field. This co-sanctioned event sees many of the world’s leading stars teeing it up at this familiar venue for golf fans. Rory McIlroy heads the field, with Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose and defending champion Xander Schauffele at the top of the market. They are joined by an elite group of European and International stars including; Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.

Despite the time difference and early morning viewing, I love this event.

Recent winners of the WGC HSBC Champions

  • 2018 – Xander Schauffele
  • 2017 – Justin Rose
  • 2016 – Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2015 – Russell Knox
  • 2014 – Bubba Watson
  • 2013 – Dustin Johnson
  • 2012 – Ian Poulter
  • 2011 – Martin Kaymer

Key Stats & Facts

Sheshan Golf Club has hosted this event since 2005, and is widely regarded as the best course in China. A 7,269 yard par 72, this Donald Ross design is suited to those that are strong off the tee; both in terms of distance but also in allowing players to attack pins from the right areas. With rain having been quite prevalent at this event in recent years, the roll of honor illustrates how much the bigger hitters tend to like it around here. It looks to be more settled in Shanghai this week.

The course has a series of par 5s that the players can really attack, as well as having the drivable par 4 16th, giving viewers a series of closing holes that are fun to watch, with players able to post some leaderboard changing scores. The greens are typically receptive, so players that can score well on the par 5s and be strong off the tee, often excel.

Betting Odds

  • Rory McIlroy 6/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 12/1
  • Xander Schauffele 14/1
  • Justin Rose 16/1
  • Paul Casey 22/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 22/1
  • Tony Finau 25/1
  • Henrik Stenson 28/1
  • Patrick Reed 30/1
  • Sung-Jae Im 30/1

The Verdict

Winning a WGC event can often take a players game to the next level, so I’ve selected a squad of players all geared up to take that next step. All have cracking current form, along with the strengths required to post some decent numbers in Shanghai this week. 

  • Bernd Wiesberger

Fresh off providing us with a 35/1 winner just three weeks ago, the Austrian star looks destined to build on his three wins this season and challenge for a first WGC title. His game and stats are clearly impressive right now; 8th in greens in regulation, 32nd from tee to green and 25th in approach. His all round game is in superb shape, and I can see him challenging at the very top of the leaderboard. A 9th and a 17th in his last three visits here show that Sheshan is a course he likes.

  • Matt Wallace

There’s a lot to like about Matt Wallace this week. Tied 8th last week in Portugal when clear favourite is certainly no disaster, and he continues to showcase his talents, in what is a big year for the Englishman. Securing a spot on the Ryder Cup team is something I’ve discussed before, but a win at an event of the profile such as this, will hold him in greats stead. A run of recent results which includes an 8th, 7th, 15th and 3rd, all allow me to back him again at a very appealing each way price. Wallace is 7th in scoring average, 32nd off the tee, 21st in driving distance, 28th around the green and 11th in putting. Another big win is close.

  • Erik Van Rooyen

Van Rooyen is another player I see a very big future for. After securing his first European Tour win a few weeks ago at the Scandinavian Open, he’s since had another couple of top 15 finishes. 22nd here last year on debut was decent enough, and he continues to show an all-round game that should be well suited again here in China. Van Rooyen is another who smashes it over 300 yards, is 23rd off the tee and lies 10th in putting. The South African could go very nicely this week at a huge price.

  • Joost Luiten

Luiten’s game is in fine shape right now. He continues to deliver a series of steady results without really troubling the very top of the leaderboard. If he make it all click over four rounds, he is sure to deliver a return. I think his price is overpriced this week and represents some nice each way value. Having finished 11th last time out at the Open de France, his stats just make for scintillating reading; 2nd in GIR, 2nd from tee to green, 7th in approach and 10th off the tee. He’s also competed well at Sheshan before, with a 16th place finish on his last visit in 2016.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts Each Way – Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 (Paddy Power)
  • 1pt Each Way – Matt Wallace @ 40/1 (Paddy Power)
  • 1pt Each Way – Erik Van Rooyen @ 80/1 (Sky Bet)
  • 1pt Each Way – Joost Luiten @ 80/1 (Paddy Power)