WGC HSBC Champions 2015 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Martin Kaymer (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Betfred, Stan James
Ian Poulter (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Betfred
Thorbjorn Olesen (ew)Tournament Winner150/1Bet365

Venue

The leading players from the European and PGA Tours come together this week in China for the WGC HSBC Champions event at the Sheshan International GC, where Bubba Watson will be defending the title he won in a play-off with Tim Clark 12 months ago. Water hazards, narrow fairways and small targets can make this par 72, 7,143-yard layout particularly challenging. Dustin Johnson won with a 24-under par total in 2013, but pin positions described as “evil” by Graeme McDowell reduced Watson’s winning score to 11-under. The other previous winners in this week’s 78-man field are Ian Poulter and Martin Kaymer.

Favourites

Many of the world’s best are in attendance, with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth guaranteeing plenty of interest. McIlroy, who stated last week that he was finally over last summer’s ankle injury, is the market leader at 13/2 with Betfred, with Spieth also in single figures at a best price of 17/2 with Stan James. Away from that leading pair there are several other serious contenders, such as Rickie Fowler who was third here last year and Henrik Stenson, as well as defending champion Watson and 2013 winner Johnson, all available between 18/1 and 22/1.

Tips

Martin-KaymerThere can’t be anyone in this week’s field with a better record at Sheshan than MARTIN KAYMER and the German arguably should be among the favourites. Kaymer was sixth on his first visit in 2009 and the champion two years later, since when he has placed ninth, eighth and sixth again. He may not have had the best of seasons, but he was runner-up in Italy six weeks ago and if you believe in horses for courses, he’s the man to back here at 40/1.

poulterIAN POULTER’s results have been steadily improving over his last three outings – 33rd, 29th, 16th – and the Ryder Cup star should be in the right frame of mind to make a serious bid for victory here, having always enjoyed his visits to Shanghai. After finishing 13th twice, Poulter won this tournament in 2012 and has since placed second and sixth. It’s a superb record at this venue and he too looks way too big at 55/1 with Betfred.

THORBJORN OLESENTHORBJORN OLESEN emerged from a lengthy malaise to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship a month ago, his third European Tour title, and having got over his poor form he looks a great each-way outsider at a huge price in China. The Dane certainly has the form here to back up his credentials, having finished 11th and sixth on his two previous visits and he’s worth taking a chance on at huge each-way odds of 150/1, with Bet365.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Martin Kaymer (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Betfred, Stan James
Ian Poulter (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Betfred
Thorbjorn Olesen (ew)Tournament Winner150/1Bet365