Oct 24th, 2017
The Golf Spiv calls the WGC HSBC Champions
Here's where the value lies this week
Words: The Golf Spiv
It’s the WGC HSBC Champions this week, as we head to China. The star-studded line up includes winners from the PGA and European Tours. However, some are not making the trip. Garcia, Spieth, McIlroy will not be there but fear not, there is plenty of talent on show here.
Dustin Johnson starts as the favourite with every bookie at the 8/1 mark. Defending champion, Hideki Matsuyama, is the second favourite at 10/1. Both great players but both prices are far too short for my liking. Instead, I have had a closer look at players who are in strong form but also like this course based their previous performances.
So here is where the value is this week at the WGC HSBC Champions.
Marc Leishman 18/1 (Bet365):
In the last four tournaments, Leishman has produced a victory a second and a third place. Marc is playing the best golf ever in his career and is remaining consistent. His price is low because of this but that is understandable. Expect Leishman to feel comfortable here and extend his form further.
Ross Fisher 28/1 (Bet365):
Fisher is on fire at the moment with two-second place finishes in a row. In terms of form, he is red hot. The only other question is just how good he is on this track? Well back in 2015 Fisher finished in a tie for third and last year he settled for a tie for sixth. Comfortable on the track and in hot form...Fisher is a no-brainer at this price.
Francesco Molinari 33/1 (Ladbrokes):
Molinari came sixth here last year in a tie alongside Ross Fisher. So he knows he can do well on this course. A good showing at the Italian Open and the BMW Championship will provide some much-needed confidence. A player who can perform well on the big stage as he did at the PGA Championship, Molinari can be considered a contender.
Pat Perez 35/1 (Betfair):
GolfPunk favourite Pat Perez makes the list (That’ll keep Ed happy) following his best season to date. A winner only a couple of weeks at the CIMB Classic, Perez is looking good and at this price could be a great E/W.
Bill Haas 70/1 (Bet365):
Haas makes the list due to his previous efforts at this course. A tie for fourth place last year shows he feels comfortable and the course suits his game. Whilst he has been off the radar recently we should all remember that Haas ups his game for these big ones. Could be a dark horse.