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5 picks for the HSBC Champions: Martin Kaymer at ease in the East

04 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
5 picks for the HSBC Champions: Martin Kaymer at ease in the East

A world-class field is in Shanghai for the final WGC event of the year, which also forms the second stage of the European Tour's Final Series

And so to China for the second of the European Tour’s four-tournament, season-ending Final Series.

The HSBC Champions is the final World Golf Championship event of the calendar year – but also the first of the 2015/16 PGA Tour season – and features a world-class, 78-man field.

Rory McIlroy – the 11/2 favourite – has food poisoning after eating a dodgy club sandwich, while Jordan Spieth is 8/1 to triumph in his solo tournament since winning the FedExCup in September.

The below five, meanwhile, should perform well at the par-72, 7,143-yard Sheshan International GC in Shanghai.

33/1 – Martin Kaymer

Kaymer is the only player in the field who has finished in the top 10 at this event for the last four years.

The German won the tournament in 2011 before subsequently finishing ninth, tied eighth and tied sixth and is 58 under par for his last 16 rounds at the HSBC-Champions.

Despite not enjoying his best year, the two-time major champion still has three top-five finishes in 2015, including a runner-up position at the Italian Open in September.

40/1 – Louis OosthuizenOosthuizenOosthuizen held a five-shot halfway lead at the tournament in 2012 – albeit at Mission Hills GC – before eventually tying for sixth.

The South African has two top-15 finishes since then – both at Sheshan International – and tied for seventh in 2011, which was also at this week’s venue.

The one-time major winner has recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 European Tour starts this season, including runner-up spots at the US Open and Open Championship.

40/1 – Ian PoulterPoulterPoulter had not even qualified for this event two weeks ago, but withdrawals have enabled the sixth reserve a place in the field.

The Englishman won the last of his 12 European Tour titles at this tournament in 2012 – also at Mission Hills – although he has finished in the top six in the last two years.

The 39-year-old is 50 under par for his last 12 rounds at the HSBC-Champions and is in good nick after carding a last-day 67 at the Turkish Airlines Open last week.

50/1 – Chris WoodWoodWood has only played this tournament once, tying for 39th in 2013.

But the Englishman has recorded top-10 finishes at his last four European Tour events – including fifth at last week’s Turkish Airlines Open – and is 56 under par for his last 16 rounds.

The 27-year-old, who won his third professional title at the Lyoness Open in June, has contended at a WGC event before – tying for seventh at the Bridegstone Invitational two years ago.

50/1 – Byeong-Hun AnundefinedAn is a leading contender for Rookie of the Year honours after his fourth-place finish at last week’s Turkish Airlines Open continued his remarkable first season on the European Tour.

The South Korean won the flagship BMW PGA Championship by six shots in May and clinched his third professional title on home soil at the Shinhan Donghae Open in September.

The player whose driving average is more than 300 yards can flourish at a course where the last two winners have been huge hitters off the tee: Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson.

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