2018 World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions Preview
Posted on October 22 2018
The first WGC event of the 2018-2019 season kicks off this week at Sheshan International GC in Shanghai, China. Last year, Justin Rose rallied from well back to overtake Dustin Johnson and earn his 10th career PGA Tour event and his 2nd WGC title. This year, he’s back as the reigning FedEx Cup Champion and will defend his crown against a small-but-elite field, including past WGC – HSBC Champions winners Russel Knox and Hideki Matsuyama. Other notables in the field include new world number one Brooks Koepka, former number-one-ranked golfer Jason Day, and current European Tour Race to Dubai points leader Francesco Molinari.
Sheshan International has hosted this event since 2005, which became a World Golf Championship event in 2009 and co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour in 2013. The winning score at this golf course has depended largely on weather and course conditions, but typically a score below 20-under is necessary to contend and/or win.
Players to Watch:
Justin Rose: It seems obvious to choose the defending champion, but Rosey has been in fine form since capturing the 2018 FedEx Cup. An 8th place finish at the British Masters indicated his first PGA Tour start of the season should be a good one.
Tommy Fleetwood: While the PGA Tour season is just getting started, there is still a lot for the European Tour players to play for as the Race to Dubai winds down. Currently 2nd in the standings, this is a great opportunity for Fleetwood to close the gap and put himself in good position to claim the season-ending prize.