What a week for golf. Not only did Tiger equal Sam Snead’s win record on the PGA Tour, but he did it in front of a captivated Japanese audience. The PGA tour has seen numerous Asian players making their mark in the last decade, none more so than Japanese sensation Hideki Matsuyama. And taking more championships to Asia and exposing new fans to the game headlined by Tiger Woods is only going to be a positive for golf worldwide.
This week the PGA Tour stays in Asia, but moves to China and the Sheshan International GC, Shanghai. Known as “Asia’s Major”, all of the top 4 players in the world are in the field, alongside last year’s winner Xander Schauffele.
As with all WGC tournaments they are co-sanctioned by golfs governing bodies, so we will see a mix of golfers from the European Tour, PGA Tour, Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour, Japan Tour and PGA of Australasia. This could turn out to be significant in the season long Race to Dubai on the European Tour. Of the current top five on the R2D, only John Rahm hasn’t made the trip this week and with only 4 events left in the European season, Bernd Weisberger will be more than happy to solidify his position at the top of the leader board with a strong showing over the next four days.
The HSBC Championship has been played at Sheshan International GC since 2005, a year after the golf course was opened and it has had WGC status since 2009. Since then it has hosted all but one of the WGC-HSBC Championship and has seen some very memorable moments.
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Bernd Weisberger; He is leading the R2D and is having the season of his life. Now firmly back in the world’s top 25 after injury he will want to mark his return to the highest level with a win on the world stage.
Francesco Molinari: This is the tournament where he announced himself in 2010, it took him some time after that win to really cement his place at the top of the game, but he is now firmly there. Having been seen working hard on his game through his social media, I expect Francesco to have a good showing this week.
Rory McIlroy: The number two player in the world arrives after a tied third finish at the ZOZO Championship on the PGA Tour, he has held onto the form that we saw from earlier in the year and would expect Rory to have another good week.
Tyrrell Hatton: Coming in hot off three consecutive worldwide top 20 finishes, the Englishman needs to have a good week to catapult himself up the R2D leader board.