This week sees the final WGC title if the calendar year, with the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament from China.
Although this is a highly ranked tournament, only 12 of the world’s top 25 are in attendance. This means Rory McIlroy starts as firm favourite, and he must have a really strong chance at this course which tends to favour bombers. We’re interested, but think the 6/1 that’s the best on offer is just about fair rather than offering value.
Instead, we’re going to side with Tony Finau. The American hits a long ball and seems to like the course. He finished 11th two years ago on his debut before losing in a playoff last year. True his strike rate merits caution – one Tour win in over 10 years – but the 25/1 on offer compensated for this.
Our second selection is Shane Lowry. We’re firmly of the opinion that the Irishman wants to qualified the next Ryder Cup when Europe will be captained by his friend Padraig Harrington. He’s struggled to put four rounds together after his Open win but has won one of these WGC events before. And he’s a nice price.
Finau to win, 1 pt, at 25/1, Ladbrokes
Lowry to win, 1 pt, at 40/1, SkyBet
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