HSBC Champions 2019: Course and current form guides for this week's WGC event in China

HSBC Champions 2019, Sheshan International
Sheshan International: A 15-year-old course located around 10 miles from the centre of Shanghai

Andy Swales compiles the preview stats for the World Golf Championship event at Sheshan International in Shanghai...

"There's a strong European contingent taking part. Just one of the top 15 Europeans in the World Ranking is absent, with Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia all former winners at Sheshan. Rose also stood on the podium here 12 months ago, while Paul Casey has twice won in China, albeit as far back as 2005."

The fourth and final World Golf Championship (WGC) event of 2019 takes place in China, where the HSBC Champions tournament is being staged for a 15th successive year.

All but one of the previous 14 editions has been held at Sheshan International which, once again, plays host to a select 78-man field.

Located around 10 miles west of Shanghai city centre, Sheshan is a generally flat layout with reasonably undulating bentgrass greens.

Most of the putting surfaces have a plethora of subtle slopes, while this week's competitors will also have to contend with an ample quantity of sand.

This 15-year-old tree-lined course has water coming into play on 11 holes and is a venue where the big hitters will fancy their chances.

First staged in 2005, the tournament was awarded WGC status four years later.

Good Field

With 12 of the world's top-25 teeing-up, as well as 35 of the highest-ranked 50, the field for the HSBC-sponsored event is strong, as the PGA Tour remains in Asia for a third and concluding week.

World No 2 Rory McIlory is the biggest name taking part, with the 30-year-old arriving in China on the back of another top-three finish on Sunday.

Six of McIlroy's 23 starts during 2019 have resulted in podium finishes - with three of these ending in victory.

Once again, however, his chances of winning in Japan last week were severely hindered by another poor opening round.

His two-over-par 72 left him eight shots adrift after 18 holes, before recovering to cover the final three rounds better than anyone else in the field.

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This has been a recurring theme for McIlroy in recent times and is probably the main reason why he has failed to claim a major title in over five years.

McIlroy has a good record at Sheshan. From seven previous visits, the Northern Irishman has posted five top-six finishes.

Europe Out In Force

There's a particularly strong European contingent taking part. Just one (Jon Rahm) of the top 15 Europeans in the World Ranking is absent, with Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia all former winners at Sheshan International.

Rose also stood on the podium here 12 months ago, while Paul Casey has twice won in China, albeit as far back as 2005.

And with just four events remaining in this season's Race to Dubai schedule, current pacesetter Bernd Wiesberger has plenty of incentives to try and extend his margin at the top.

However, most of his closest challengers are also in the field.

In Form

Hideki Matsuyama tees-up again, searching for his first PGA Tour title in 26 months.

Japan's highest-ranked golfer was runner-up to Tiger Woods last week - in a tournament played just outside Tokyo - when he registered a second straight top-three finish.

The world No 22 triumphed in Shanghai three years ago and another success next Sunday would give him the third WGC-title of his career.

Matsuyama heads another strong Asian challenge, with in-form Koreans Sung Jae Im and Byeong Hun An both competing for a seventh week out of eight.

Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed head a decent US delegation.

Schauffele edged out big-hitting Finau for the HSBC title in 2018, when Reed posted a tie-for-seventh.

Jordan Spieth makes a third successive start in Asia while, just below the radar, in-form 27-year-old Canadian Corey Conners might be worth an each-way punt.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: The 2012 HSBC Champions was played at another venue

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34
Rory McIlroy 3 26 9 2 1
Justin Rose 15 34 8 26
Xander Schauffele 10 46 2
Francesco Molinari MC 23 14
Tony Finau 59 9 10 51 7
Paul Casey 17 MC 11 1 3
Adam Scott 33 5 42 17 5
Tommy Fleetwood 22 20 5 60 8 13
Patrick Reed 17 4 15 36 15
Shane Lowry 13 MC 15 11
Bernd Wiesberger 1 MC 17 5 MC
Kevin Na 46 20 1 MC 14
Louis Oosthuizen 46 15
Matthew Fitzpatrick 75 2 26 46 69 2
Hideki Matsuyama 2 3 16 MC 12
Matt Wallace 8 7 15 41 3 MC
Danny Willett 46 18 26 1 MC
Kevin Kisner 66 9
Chez Reavie 70 46 MC 33 5
Bubba Watson 51 MC 47
Sergio Garcia 33 60 7 1 23
Billy Horschel 6 64 4
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 30 26 2 MC 6
Jordan Spieth 66 8
Henrik Stenson MC 17 3
Ian Poulter 13 16 MC 60
Abraham Ancer 41 57 MC MC 26
Adam Hadwin 41 4 2
Sung Jae Im 3 39 1 49 2 19 15
Andrew Putnam 59 20 18 21
Cameron Smith 3 13 MC 24
Byeong Hun An 8 6 MC MC 3 47
Keegan Bradley 13 MC 70 24
Tyrrell Hatton 6 18 15 MC
Phil Mickelson 31 61 MC
Joaquin Niemann 33 12 MC 54 1
Alex Noren 18 34 15 28 MC 40
Hao Tong Li MC MC 23 51
Charles Howell 8 20 68 4 23
Erik Van Rooyen MC 10 MC 14 12 1
CT Pan 59 56 MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond 57 65 4 4 32 57 6 36
Lucas Glover 37 39 9 MC MC 29
Justin Harding 57 7 MC MC MC 43
Jason Kokrak 71 63 MC 9
Andrea Pavan 10 12 10 46 12 16
Corey Conners 6 12 13 MC 23
Rory Sabbatini 33 31 10 MC 46 63
Victor Perez 16 57 1 MC MC 10
JT Poston 27 MC 11
Chan Kim 41 1 26 19 MC 2 26 4 MC 3
Kurt Kitayama 4 3 MC 14 21 36 MC
Robert MacIntyre 4 26 28 2 MC MC
Joost Luiten 11 25 40 31 10 23 29
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 40 15 37 10 6
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC MC 33 MC
Paul Waring 25 3 21 28 20
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 3 12 68
Rikuya Hoshino 51 10 78 23 23 5 47 40 2 33
Ryo Ishikawa 51 12 26 47 3 6 5 13 1
Adri Arnaus 40 48 4 MC MC 6 MC
Kevin Tway 37 46 29 MC
Benjamin Hebert 16 MC 46 37 MC MC
Romain Langasque 18 MC MC 17 27 48 MC
Xin Jun Zhang 4 16 7 60 MC 46 30
Matthias Schwab MC 4 MC 28 2 8
Marcus Kinhult 11 18 40 46 12 20
Mikumu Horikawa 72 2 41 10 MC 18 38 28 MC 6
Richard Sterne 15 MC 31 22 48
Masahiro Kawamura 23 7 MC 9 25 MC 40
Yosuke Asaji 63 MC 21 MC 44 18 1 MC 13 62
Yikeun Chang 72 12 18 54 1 2
Zander Lombard MC 7 26 MC 36 72 16
Scott Hend MC 28 MC MC MC 36 MC
Jake McLeod 8 71 49 MC 27 63 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 1 18 MC 10 8 62
Dimitrios Papadatos MC 23 MC MC 60 MC
Ashun Wu 73 66 30 41 55 36 MC 20
Jbe Kruger 53 63 12 5 1 MC MC MC
Bryce Easton 25 MC 21 MC 9 MC 8 11
Neil Schietekat 6 16 9 39 MC 52 5 MC 7
Philip Eriksson 42 MC MC 16 MC
Lee Tae-Hee 76 41 MC MC 27 MC 61 MC
Anthony Quayle Wd 72 MC MC MC 60 6
Matthew Millar 33 Wd MC
Ye Chun Yuan MC MC 61
Alex Haindl MC MC MC 43 MC 66 3 14
Ze Cheng Dou 2 26 MC
Daniel Nisbet 33 14 MC MC 69 19
Zheng-Kai Bai 1 22 29 68
Wen-Chong Liang 46 34 MC MC 6 35 26
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `11 `10 `09 `08
Rory McIlroy 54 4 11 6 4 5 4
Justin Rose 3 1 48 5 7
Xander Schauffele 1 46
Francesco Molinari 43 46 6 21 23 1 10
Tony Finau 2 11
Paul Casey 16 11 12 23 20 4 6 Ret 11
Adam Scott 18 50 14 70 12 11 25 6
Tommy Fleetwood 7 20 30 24 18
Patrick Reed 7 50 60 7 22
Shane Lowry 23 68 34 28
Bernd Wiesberger 9 35 17
Kevin Na 54 54 57 20
Louis Oosthuizen 45 44 14 15 7 72 16
Matthew Fitzpatrick 54 9 16 7
Hideki Matsuyama 30 50 1 Ret 41 Wd
Matt Wallace 50
Danny Willett 75 3 67
Kevin Kisner 70 2
Chez Reavie 35 24 68
Bubba Watson 54 35 1 8
Sergio Garcia 9 11 28 4 23 1
Billy Horschel 11 73 34
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 14 5 19
Jordan Spieth 7 35 17
Henrik Stenson 2 2 11 24 31 13 40 5
Ian Poulter 21 30 6 2 13 13 45 14
Abraham Ancer
Adam Hadwin 30 65
Sung Jae Im
Andrew Putnam 4
Cameron Smith 54 64
Byeong Hun An 41 63 19
Keegan Bradley 6 64 11 16
Tyrrell Hatton 22 11 23 54
Phil Mickelson 15 14 41 1 8
Joaquin Niemann
Alex Noren 18 31 12 54 49 19
Hao Tong Li 11 50 63 7 35 39
Charles Howell 15
Erik Van Rooyen 22
CT Pan 22
Jazz Janewattananond
Lucas Glover 50 20
Justin Harding 46
Jason Kokrak 16
Andrea Pavan 22
Corey Conners
Rory Sabbatini 29 45
Victor Perez
JT Poston
Chan Kim 58
Kurt Kitayama
Robert MacIntyre
Joost Luiten 16 28
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 67
Jorge Campillo 54
Paul Waring
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Rikuya Hoshino
Ryo Ishikawa 66 41 17
Adri Arnaus
Kevin Tway
Benjamin Hebert
Romain Langasque
Xin Jun Zhang 50 44 21 46 13
Matthias Schwab
Marcus Kinhult
Mikumu Horikawa
Richard Sterne 38 60 39 60 20
Masahiro Kawamura 50
Yosuke Asaji
Yikeun Chang
Zander Lombard
Scott Hend 62 54 19 21 48
Jake McLeod
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Dimitrios Papadatos
Ashun Wu 64 20 23 58 14 68 49 70 33
Jbe Kruger 23
Bryce Easton
Neil Schietekat
Philip Eriksson
Lee Tae-Hee
Anthony Quayle
Matthew Millar 68
Ye Chun Yuan 35
Alex Haindl
Ze Cheng Dou 69 40 51 69
Daniel Nisbet
Zheng-Kai Bai
Wen-Chong Liang 43 38 47 58 48 15 62 63 40 24

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