Fantasy League – WGC HSBC Champions preview

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This week’s Today’s Golfer Fantasy League event is the final World Golf Championship event of the season, the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in Shanghai, China.

The stature of the tournament has attracted a world class field, including 19 of the world’s top 30 players. It’s a big week for the TG Fantasy League too as there are double points on offer.

Sheshan International is hosting the tournament for the seventh straight year. The layout used to be known as a bombers paradise but changes to the rough saw good ball strikers lead the field in last year’s event.

Many of the holes are tree-lined and water comes into play on 10 holes so very errant shots can be heavily punished. The greens are expected to be fast but recent stagings have shown accuracy to be more important than putting.

TG’s six-man Fantasy League team for the WGC – HSBC Champions is:

Keegan Bradley, $0.7m
The USPGA champion has a point to prove to Fred Couples after being left out of the American Presidents Cup team. He finished the FedEx Cup play-offs well with T16 and T11 finishes and won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda a couple of weeks ago.

KJ Choi, $2.1m
The Korean is Asia’s best hope for a winner. He comes into the week on red-hot form, posting T10-T3-T5-1 results in his last four starts, and tends to do well against strong fields when the going gets tough.

Hunter Mahan, $2.6m
The American had a quiet second half to the season but is well acclimatised to China after finishing T3 in last week’s Shanghai Masters. He’s 4th in the all-around ranking on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy, $4.0m
He won ‘the richest prize in golf’ at the Shanghai Masters and is desperate to close the gap on Luke Donald at the top of the Race to Dubai. He’s only finished outside the top six once in his last seven tournaments and finished 4th and 5th here the last two years.

Francesco Molinari, $2.6m
The defending champion is one of the purest ball strikers on the planet and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 at Sheshan. Finished T10 at the Andalucia Masters.

Geoff Ogilvy, $2.3m
After a disappointing season, the Australian came alive when his place on the Presidents Cup team came under threat. He finished T25-T3-T11 at the last three FedEx Cup events to book his place and finished third and 10th in his two previous HSBC Champions appearances.

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