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Sunday, November 2, 2014

WGC-HSBC Champions - Preview

The WGC-HSBC Champions returns to Sheshan International GC for the fifth time in six years later this week. Here is a preview to get you off and running.

Sheshan International plays to a par of 72 and is expected to stretch out to 7,266 yards. It has the expected blend of four par 5s, four par 3s and 10 par 4s. Two of the par 5s measure over 590 yards, which could explain why bombers have performed well here in the past. Similarly, half of the par 4s measure 450 yards or longer, and all of the par 3s measure 200 yards or longer. Several short par 4s make the total yardage of the layout deceptively short.

Here is a look at the winners and runners-up for each of the previous four season Sheshan was utilized in the rotation.

  • 2009 - Phil Mickelson (17-under 271) over Ernie Els (272)
  • 2010 - Francesco Molinari (269) over Lee Westwood (270)
  • 2011 - Martin Kaymer (268) over Freddie Jacobson (271)
  • 2013 - Dustin Johnson (264) over Ian Poulter (267)

In terms of research, this could be a good week to throw in par-5 scoring average. It also might be worth a glimpse at a boutique stat like GIR from 200+ yards. While Driving Distance is normally overrated, this is a week where it may not be. The usual suspects of par-4 scoring average, SGP and GIR are never a bad thing.

We will return tomorrow with a power ranking. Until then, happy research! 

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