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The WGC-HSBC Champions returns to Sheshan International Golf Club, where this week 40 of the world’s top 50 will be in the field for the calendar year’s final World Golf Championships event. Despite Dustin Johnson winning here a year ago (and not defending his title due to his “leave of absence” from the PGA Tour), European players tend to be the ones who thrive in this event, so you’ll see that slant in our rankings.
Now, on to the picks!
- Justin Rose: Rose was the Ryder Cup all-star, finished the year well on the PGA Tour and has a great record in the WGC-HSBC Champions. He’s finished T-5 and T-7 the last two times at Sheshan.
- Sergio Garcia: Garcia was runner-up at the CIMB Classic and is playing hot golf worldwide. He won this event in 2008 at this venue.
- Martin Kaymer: The U.S. Open champion won here in 2011, and he’s a top-10 staple in this tournament. He wasn’t spectacular at the Ryder Cup, but was great when it mattered. Late-season golf is his best golf.
- Graeme McDowell: G-Mac is used to being a sleepless dad, so being travel weary is simple by comparison. He’s solid in this event, too: solo third in the last two Sheshan appearances.
- Jamie Donaldson: Despite an outburst at a cameraman last week at the BMW Masters, he posted a T-4 finish. He’s a top-10 machine in his last handful of starts.
- Rickie Fowler: Fowler makes his return after a month off following the Ryder Cup, where he was one of a few American bright spots.
- Adam Scott: The Aussie will be an interesting guy to watch this week given he’s trying out caddies starting here to replace the semi-retired Steve Williams.
- Ian Poulter: Given current form, this may well be too high. But Poulter has only lost to one person in the last two years at this event (win in 2012 at Mission Hills, second to Dustin Johnson last year).
- Lee Westwood: Westy’s coming around. He finished T-13 at the CIMB last week in a bid for two wins on the same course in the same year (won the European Tour Malaysian Open earlier in the year). He’s finished second twice in this event.
- Gary Woodland: Woodland was (joint) runner-up at the CIMB Classic for the second year in a row. He doesn’t know Sheshan Int’l, but his length should be a big asset.
My DraftKings team for this week:
- Justin Rose – $12,100
- Jamie Donaldson – $9,300
- Gary Woodland – $8,300
- Alexander Levy – $6,900
- Ian Poulter – $6,500
- John Senden – $6,200