For the first time in the official calendar of the PGA Tour, the fourth World Championship season offers a field of amazing players with the presence of three of the four Grand Slam winners this year. Two French, Bourdy and Jacquelin, are also invited to the party!
It’s almost a full house. If Tiger Woods, apparently motivated by the idea of playing an eighteen hole exhibition for $ 1.5 million in severance pay that to rub the cream of the cream world, and Adam Scott, who really manages the economy end of its 2013 season, are conspicuously absent, while the world’s top 50 (with few exceptions) is given appointment in Shanghai this week for the fourth and final World Championship this year. The WGC-HSBC Champions. With a grant of $ 8.5 million ($ 7 million in 2012), this event, counting both the PGA Tour, European Tour and the Asian Tour, looks great. Judge for yourself. 78 players, 21 nations represented, four former world number one (Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood), six residents of the world’s top 10, three of the four Grand Slam winners in 2013 (Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner), the winner of the FedEx Cup (Henrik Stenson), 43 winners on the European Tour in 2013, including 25 no … In short, a listing worthy of a Major tournament.
Poulter, Two Pass?
This is the Sheshan International Golf Club argues that the big fight. Opened in 2004, this par 72 along 7266 yards (6644 meters) is considered by many professional golfers like a real gem of golf architecture. Abandoned last year in favor of Mission Hills, WHC-HSBC official on the U.S. circuit since this year, returned to his first love. An example is here that Phil Mickelson had won in 2009.
Who will succeed Ian Poulter, the defending champion, author of a 15th place last week at the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club? Missing since September 22 and the final of the FedEx Cup Playoffs (PGA Tour), Justin Rose took a seventh place tie in 2011 when his only participation in the event. Succeed he reconnect with success since the U.S. Open in June in Merion? Difficult to analyze the current form of the Englishman who has squandered victory in Grand Slam Bahamas there fifteen days against Adam Scott.
Europeans Once Again Winners?
Leader after two rounds at the CIMB Classic, Keegan Bradley finally tenth Malaysia is in full possession of his means. In his last seven appearances in a World Championship, the former winner of the 2011 PGA Championship has always finished in the Top 25. The American world No. 15, is fit and could clinch victory. Francesco Molinari is also one who can win. The Italian is indeed granted second place in the BMW Masters Sunday (tied with Thongchai Jaidee), stroke of the Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. And it is also imposed on this course of Shenshan International GC in 2010. Another winner of the Ryder Cup 2012 is in a favorable position. Sergio Garcia, No. 19 worldwide, has a 11th place finish at the CIMB Classic, his fourth consecutive top 20. He is also in a good spiral. The success of his compatriot Gonzo can galvanize him who gives himself as the main objective of direct selection (without an invitation) for the next Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September 2014.
A Final Top 10 In July
U.S. players, though Stricker, Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Furyk, Mahan and Simpson did not deign to make the trip to China, are ambitious, like Ryan Moore, who won the CIMB Classic after a hole playoff played Monday against Gary Woodland. Jason Dufner but Jordan Spieth or Brandt Snedeker, who start their season in 2014, are serious contenders. It is more circumspect when the case of Rory McIlroy are addressed, albeit victorious its exhibition match against Tiger Woods on Monday in Mission Hills. The Northern Irishman says he is not far from the truth. His playing reflected the tone, as can attest to his 27th place finish in the BMW Masters. The stats Sheshan argue any case for him as it is offered three times a Top 5
Remains our French players. Gregory Bourdy and Raphael Jacquelin were the only two traffic officials involved in this second round of the Final Series of the European Tour. If the first poster real steps to clear a path to the summit of the leaderboard, the second is not much success in today. Since its 8th place at the Scottish Open on July 14, the Lyonnais has not done better than 48th position in the BMW Masters. Reaction is therefore expected, it is already assured also play in Turkey next week. As four of his fellow.
Payers To Watch:
Ian Poulter (Eng), Phil Mickelson (USA), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Scott Hend (Aus), Brett Rumford (Aus), Wen-chong Liang (Chn), Thomas Bjorn (Dan) Paul Casey (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng), David Lynn (Eng), Justin Rose (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng), David Howell (Eng), Matteo Manassero (Ita), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Ryo Ishikawa (Jap), Jin Jeong (CdS), Graeme McDowell (dN), Rory McIlroy (dN), George Coetzee (AfS), Louis Oosthuizen (AfS), Ernie Els (AfS), Richard Sterne (AfS), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Esp), Sergio Garcia (Esp), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp), Peter Hanson (Swe), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jonas Blixt (Sue), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Jamie Donaldson ( GS), Jason Dufner (USA), Bill Haas (USA), Billy Horschel (USA), John Merrick (USA), DA Points (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Nick Watney (USA) Keegan Bradley (USA), Bubba Watson (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Scott Piercy (USA), Bo Van Pelt (USA), Jimmy Walker (USA), Ryan Moore (USA).
The French Committed:
Gregory Bourdy, Raphael Jacquelin.
To Follow The WGC-HSBC Champions On TV:
Thursday, October 31: 1st round at 4:00 (Golf +) to 10:25 (Sport +).
Friday, November 1: 4:00 Rnd 2 (Golf +) to 10:20 (Sport +).
Saturday, November 2nd: 3rd round at 4:00 (Golf +) to 10:10 (Sport +).
Sunday, November 3: 4th round at 4:00 (Golf +) to 7:30 (Sport +).