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WGC-HSBC & SFC Preview

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


This week we continue our tour of Asia as we head to majestic Shanghai, China and the Sheshan International Golf Club for the final World Golf Championships event of the calendar year, the HSBC Champions.
 
Sheshan International Golf Club was the first premier private golf course in China founded in 2004 and was designed by Robin Nelson and Neil Haworth, the same pair of designers responsible for the course design at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

For a rundown of the Euro Tour talent worth targeting, check out the WGC-HSBC Preview from Matt Cooper.  I will focus on the golfers with a PGA TOUR card to their name. 
 
The Course
Sheshan International Golf Club 
Par 72 - 7,261 yards
 
This course should pose a solid challenge to the players this week as they contemplate distance or accuracy off the tee. In the past, we have seen some of the shorter hitters find success here but so have the bombers. It doesn't appear to favor one style over another. 
 
The fairways are a mix of rye and seashore paspalum grass. They are average width while featuring some elevation changes throughout the course. There are tree-lined fairways but aren't as dense as some courses that we see on the PGA TOUR but definitely a handicap if you miss the fairway.

The greens are a formidable enemy typically running about an 11 on the stimpmeter with varying undulations and slight changes in the greens contour usually deceptive and fast. There is water on the course as well, coming into play on 11 of the 18 holes.

This week 28 players will be making their HSBC debut while 16 of those are playing in their first World Golf Championship event.
  
Past Winners
2017 Hideki Matsuyama 
2016 Russell Knox
2015 Bubba Watson 
2014 Dustin Johnson 
2013 Martin Kaymer
 

Course-Specific Stats
The following stats are based on at least eight rounds of play at Sheshan since 2012. As always, thanks to fantasynational.com and make sure you check out their site. 
 
Strokes Gained Total
Ross Fisher
Henrik Stenson
Daniel Berger
Hideki Matsuyama
Marc Leishman
Francesco Molinari
Thorbjorn Olesen
Matthew Fitzpatrick 
Paul Casey
Thomas Pieters
 
Strokes Gained on Par 5s
Ross Fisher
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Dustin Johnson
Marc Leishman
Henrik Stenson
Hideki Matsuyama
Branden Grace
Justin Rose
Paul Casey
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
 
Strokes Gained on Par 4s
Daniel Berger
Hideki Matsuyama
Ross Fisher
Thorbjorn Olesen
Henrik Stenson
Paul Casey
Marc Leishman
Dustin Johnson
Bernd Wiesberger
Bill Haas
 
Fairways Gained
Henrik Stenson
Francesco Molinari
Justin Rose
Bernd Wiesberger
Richard Sterne
Dustin Johnson
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Ross Fisher
Russell Henley
Paul Casey
 
Greens in Regulation
Henrik Stenson
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Paul Casey
Justin Rose
Bernd Wiesberger
Dustin Johnson
Ross Fisher
Charl Schwartzel
Richard Sterne
Daniel Berger
 
Scrambling
Marc Leishman
Patrick Reed
Hideki Matsuyama
Daniel Berger
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
Thomas Pieters
Bill Haas
Thorbjorn Olesen
Scott Hend
 

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Macaulay Scott Renner has been playing ice hockey and golf for over 40 years while growing up on the beaches of the NJ shore. An avid Grateful Dead fan, he has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and currently resides in Philadelphia. Macaulay can found on Twitter @msr427.



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