By Vince Eager
We’re previewing the WGC event this week as the PGA Tour tournament is naturally significantly weakened with most of the world’s top players teeing it up in China.
The course at Sheshan, Shanghai is a standard par 72 with four par 5’s. The four par 3’s are all long and there is water on more holes than not.
The players that play the long par 3’s well will have a significant advantage and a look at previous winners, both here and at at other WGC events suggests the winner will be someone who has won, or at the very least, regularly contends in Majors.
|Course: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China|
|Course Architect: Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth (2004)|
|Yardage: 7,266 yds|
|Acres of fairway: n/a|
|Greens: n/a; average size: n/a sq. ft|
|Stimp: n/a ft|
Last 9 winners
Oddy Oddy Oddy Recent and Course Form Ratings
Justin Rose is a short price at just $12 but he has to be in the staking plan this week. He looks destined to contend in this year’s Majors and he would have won last week but for a poor start on Thursday.
He finished 4th in the end last week and 4th in his start before that. His two starts here have produced a 7th and a 5th placed finish.
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Charl Schwartzel ranked 1st and 8th in putting average in his last two tournaments and in each event his finishing positions of 19th and 15th could have been much better than they turned out.
His game is suited to this track with finishes of 6, 16 and 4 here and if he keeps his putter hot he should contend this week.
1.5 units each way at $36 with
Theodore Ernest Els is another player, like Schwartzel, that has chucked in a bad round that has stopped him contending in recent starts. He shot a final round 74 when finishing 26th last week and a 2nd round 74 a few weeks ago at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship when finishing 32nd.
He finished with a round of 66 here last year when 11th and has two other top tens at the track including a runner up spot in 2009.
1 unit each way at $101 with