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2014 WGC-HSBC Champions preview

2014 WGC-HSBC Champions preview

There is a stellar field in China this week for the second event in the European Tour Finals Series, the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Forty of the world’s top fifty golfers will be in attendance with several of them retaining a chance of overhauling Rory McIlroy in this year’s Race to Dubai. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions.

European Tour rankings points on offer

While Rory McIlroy remains at the top of the Race to Dubai there is a man in form who could bag over a million rankings points this weekend and take the fight to the world number one.

Sergio Garcia is in terrific form right now. While his European colleagues were at the BMW Masters last week he was at the PGA Tour sanctioned event in Malaysia where he finished in a share of second place. Consider also his second place finishes at the Open and the WGC Bridgestone and the Spaniard looks like terrific value at 16/1.

Garcia finished 4th at this event last year and is overdue a win.

Ryder Cup teammate Jamie Donaldson is another man in terrific form. The Welshman is second in the current Race to Dubai standings and can close the gap on Rory with a good performance in Shanghai.

Donaldson has recorded top 10 finishes in each of his last four starts and finished T8 at last year’s WGC-HSBC. He offers great each-way value at 28/1.

Justin Rose has finished fourth in each of his last two events and is the 11/1 favourite while I also like the chances of Alexander Levy at 50/1. Levy was winning by five shots at last week’s BMW Masters before being pegged back and losing to Marcel Siem in a playoff and shot a 61 in his previous tournament to win.

The Rest of the World challenge

The tournament boasts the toughest qualification criteria of all the World Golf Championships. The majority of the field have qualified only by winning a key tournament on their Tours or by being ranked in the world’s top 50. What this means is that there is a very strong field in Shanghai.

World number two Adam Scott is the 16/1 second favourite and said: “The WGC-HSBC Champions is a first class event that always attracts the very best players from all over the world. The first ten years of the HSBC Champions have been incredibly successful and I am sure the next ten and beyond will be even better.”

He may not have won a tournament in 2014 but Rickie Fowler has been in terrific form and the Californian finished in the top five in all four Majors. On arriving in China Fowler said: “This is the place to be. For the modern golfer and the modern game China is here to stay and this tournament has acted as a beacon to the very best players around the world.

“We love to play here and the support from the fans in Shanghai is something really special too. To win this tournament in its tenth year really would be an achievement.”

The 25 year old has top 10s in 8 of his last 9 worldwide starts and could follow compatriot Dustin Johnson by winning this title at 22/1.

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