UPDATE: I realized I typed out Sheshan when in fact I meant to type Mission Hills Guangdong. The course are very similar but this one features larger greens and more bunkering. The research was done for Mission Hills Guangdong but watching highlights from the 2010 edition of the championship must have got in my head. I apologize for doing this but can assure you the picks are very solid this week. We had a tough October but look to get back on track throughout Novemeber and continue yet another magical season.
This week the top players from all over the world will be congregating in Shanghai, China for one of the last big individual golf events of the season. The tournament features names like Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. The field for this week is only 78, meaning there will not be a cut. The test for the players this week will come not only from the stiff competition but also from the difficult golf course. Lets take a closer look at one of China’s most demanding and beautiful golf courses.
Mission Hills Guangdong will be the daunting task this week for the field of 74 players. The course is a Par 72 and is only 7320 yards, but it plays much longer than the listed yardage. The extremely thick rough will penalize players who hit errant tee and approach shots. The water and hazard areas will force players to play more cautious on many holes. Possibly the largest storyline of the week could be the weather. The forecast looks as though the course will be playing dry for the first two days but wet over the weekend, thus extending the yardage even further.
Plenty of elevation changes and water make Mission Hills Guangdong one of the most visually appealing on the circuit. This week when you are watching, I would like you to make note of how much the valleys and undulation of the golf course challenge the players. I feel the player who keeps the ball in the fairway but also has the ability to bomb it, will have a shot at winning the championship on Sunday.
Lets take a closer look at 6 players I feel will have a strong possibility of raising the 2012 WGC HSBC Champions trophy on Sunday afternoon.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
Below is just one of my six picks for this week. The rest of the picks are sent to clients only
Francesco Molinari 40 to 1 – Molinari enters this tournament as one of the favourites in my opinion. He dominated the course in 2010, beating out Lee Westwood to take the title. I look for Molinari to make a big leap in the Race to Dubai this week as he currently sits 6th. Molinari not only will take advantage of plenty of course knowledge from the past few years, but he enters this week playing solid golf. he is one of the most accurate iron players on the planet, but will need to find the putter he had here just two years ago if another victory is to occur.
I would like to remind everyone that the event is in China this week so make the according time shift to get your picks in on time.
Enjoy the golf everyone and the Sunday Payday!