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WGC-HSBC Champions 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Francesco Molinari (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Ladbrokes, CoralBetfred
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Venue

The 78 leading players from the European and PGA Tours come together this week in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions 2017 at the Sheshan International GC, where Hideki Matsuyama will be the defending the title he won as part of a remarkable winning spree 12 months ago. The Japanese star had just won his home championship when he took this title last year, before going on to claim further victories on three of his next six starts. Matsuyama has won again since then, at the most recent WGC event, the Bridgestone Invitational. The Sheshan course features water hazards, narrow fairways and small targets that can make this par 72, 7,143-yard layout challenging, particularly if they are combined with tricky pin positions. Dustin Johnson was the winner here in 2014, while Bubba Watson lifted the trophy a year later. Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Martin Kaymer, Russell Knox and Sergio Garcia are the other previous champions at Sheshan.

Favourites

Dustin Johnson remains the world number one and the 2014 champion is the favourite for this week’s tournament, at best odds of 9/1 with Betfred. Matsuyama, who was fifth at the CIMB Classic on his last appearance two weeks ago, is an 11/1 chance with the same firm, with Jason Day and Jon Rahm both at 18/1. Marc Leishman lost a play-off to Justin Thomas in South Korea at the weekend and the Australian, who has three top threes in his last four starts including a win at the BMW Championship, is a 20/1 chance with Ladbrokes and Coral. Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka are at the same price, Paul Casey is at 25s with Ladbrokes and Coral and the in-form Ross Fisher is at 28/1 with Bet365.

Tips

FRANCESCO MOLINARI has had a productive 2017, finishing second at the PGA Championship and the BMW PGA Championship to cement his return to the world’s top 20, yet the Italian hasn’t been able to add to the Italian Open title he won a year ago. He’s been consistently good, though, and he was sixth in his home championship last time out. He was sixth here too last year, having won at this venue in 2010. Ladbrokes, Coral & Betfred all go 33/1.

DANIEL BERGER hasn’t been in the best of form over the past few months, but the American has already proved in his two years on the PGA Tour that certain courses bring out the best in him. In June he successfully defended his St Jude Classic title, while two weeks later he was second at the Travelers, having finished fifth there last year. Berger has appeared at Sheshan twice, placing 11th and second. Bet365 are offering the best odds of 45/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Francesco Molinari (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Ladbrokes, CoralBetfred
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change