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Club: Sheshan International GC
Location: Shanghai, China
Date: October 31 - November 3, 2013
PGA Tour Golf Betting Odds: Created in November 2005 but as the first fixture in the European Tour's 2006 season, the HSBC Champions was established to pull in the world's best golf golfers to compete in an elite season-opening event and forms the bedrock of HSBC's global golf program. To date the tournament has produced 5 different winners from 5 separate nations over its illuminating and continuing 6 year history.
In 2009 the event was granted the World Golf Championship status it richly deserved and moved towards the end of the season giving the event even more significance and reflecting the growing reputation of this prestigious tournament. With this heightened stature came an elevated prize fund of $7million, the most lucrative since the event's beginnings and a large chunk of the $35million that have cumulatively been played for since IMG and HSBC conceived the event in 2005. These riches on offer have helped make the HSBC Champions one of the most highly regarded events sanctioned by all the Tours (PGA, European, Sunshine, Asian and PGA Tour of Australasia).
Since the inaugural event the HSBC Champions has continued to be played at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, and over the years some remarkable scoring has taken place. Below you will find a list of the past winners and a selection of note-worthy scores and performances that have been posted in previous tournaments.
The 18-hole championship course with a total length of 7140 yards utilizes Bent grass on the greens and Seashore Paspalun for the fairways, tees and rough areas and its unique design offers deep valleys and rolling hills, combined with a large amount of trees and large spans of water.
Nelson & Haworth have designed the course to be one of the most forested golf courses in the Shanghai region and their concept called for 1.6 million cubic meters of earth to be brought in to create this unique golfing environment.
Many of the holes either play along the existing canal, around manmade lakes or over the spectacular 50-meter deep quarry, a unique feature of Sheshan. In addition to the lakes, scenic landscaped streams add to the mountain forest landscape image. The most unique feature of Sheshan is the dramatic and intimidating quarry. Two holes, 16 and 17 play around and over the quarry, giving the golfer both an awe inspiring view while requiring great golf shots.
These two holes will not only be the signature holes of Shanghai Sheshan Golf Club, but also of the whole Shanghai region.
How to bet on HSBC Champions
The odds of a golfer to win the HSBC Champions will generally look something like:
- Tiger Woods + 150
- Phil Mickelson + 250
- Steve Stricker + 300
- Jeff Overton + 700
- Ernie Els + 700
- Field + 600
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the HSBC Champions, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in European Golf golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.
A head-to-head betting line for the HSBC Champions will look something like:
- Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150
In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to European Golf golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of European golf betting without to much trouble.
2012 World Golf Championship HSBC Champions Winner - Poulter rallies to win HSBC Champions in China
Ian Poulter showed he can be a star even when playing only for himself.
One month after leading an improbable European rally in the Ryder Cup, Poulter won for the first time this year. He closed with a 7-under 65 Sunday to come from four shots behind and win the HSBC Champions for his second career World Golf Championships title.
It won't overshadow what he did at Medinah in the Ryder Cup — five straight birdies to pick up a crucial point in fourballs and winning his singles match to complete a 4-0 week. Even so, it was important to the Englishman that the year not pass without a victory of his own.
Phil Mickelson (68), Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65) and Ernie Els (67) tied for second. Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen shared the 54-hole lead, but each shot a 72 in the final round to tie for sixth.
Poulter won for the first time since the World Match Play Championship in Spain in 2011. His other WGC title came in 2010 in Arizona at the Match Play Championship. Turns out he can also get it done in stroke play.
On a day when five players had at least a share of the lead at some point — and several others were close — it was the charismatic Poulter who was the steadiest. Starting the day four shots behind, he surged into the lead with four birdies on the front nine and two more after making the turn.
2011 World Golf Championship HSBC Champions Winner - German Martin Kaymer wins WGC-HSBC Champions
The WGC-HSBC Champions hardly needed any more fireworks after Martin Kaymer had come from six behind Fredrik Jacobson with 12 to play to win what was his first WGC event. But off they went just the same, bang, bang, bang into the evening sky – precisely like the winner's nine birdies.
Though the German had made the most ordinary of starts – six pars in a row – he turned in 34 before coming home in 29 for his 20 under par tally. He won by three from Jacobson, by four from Graeme McDowell and by five from the trio of Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy.
Kaymer is at once the most unassuming and honest of men. He could not lie; he had played "brilliantly" over the day. “The way I have been practising and playing, I deserved to win,” he said. "From the moment I sunk a bunker shot at the seventh, I didn’t miss a lot of golf shots."
2010 WGC-HSBC Champions Results
Francesco Molinari held off top-ranked Lee Westwood all weekend and did so again on Sunday to win the WGC-HSBC Champions event by one stroke.
Molinari shot a 65 on Friday to a 66 from Westwood and the two shot identical rounds the rest of the way for Molinari to win at 19-under par for the tournament. Westwood finished at -18, which put him in second by nine strokes.
Richie Ramsay and Luke Donald ended up tied for third at -9 while Rory McIlroy was in fifth at -8. Tiger Woods, the pre-event favorite, finished tied for sixth at -7 overall after shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday.
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