21st Oct 2017 | WGC HSBC Champions
WGC - HSBC Champions Golf Trends
A high quality field fights for a $8.5 million prize fund in China. We look at the trends of past winners.
The HSBC Champions tournament returns to its regular home at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. Despite the absence of Jason Day, a strong international field is assembled for this valuable event. In the early years this was a good tournament for European Tour players but the last four champions have been PGA Tour members, which includes Russell Knox.
The improved results of PGA Tour players might be down to the WGC-HSBC Champions becoming an official PGA Tour event in 2013, with FedEx Cup points up for grabs. Because of this we have narrowed our focus to the last four winners and those in the top-5 (twelve players in total).
Top-60 on tour for stroke average
WGC events are limited to the best players on the planet; it is therefore no surprise that 11 of the 12 featured players and seven previous winners ranked inside the top-60 for stroke average on their respective tours.
Top-60 on tour for par 4 scoring average
Nine of of featured players ranked inside the top-60 on tour for par 4 scoring average with an impressive median rank of 14. Ian Poulter was the only outlier when runner-up in 2014.
Top-60 on tour for approaches from 200+ yards
All twelve of featured players (in the top-5) ranked inside the top-60 on tour for proximity with approach shots from over 200 yards. Sheshan Golf Club isn’t massive at 7,266 yards and that means the par-5s are in reach for most of the players in two.
Top-60 on tour for birdie average
Eleven of our featured players ranked inside the top-60 on tour for birdie average. An obvious trend with five of the last six renewals won with scores of 20-under or better.
Players that fit all four trends: