On Thursday we have the final World Golf Championship Event the HSBC Championship from Shanghai.
A stella field has gathered in the Far East although of course most of the Worlds stars were already there as both Tours were playing there last week.
Reigning Champion is the man in tartan himself Ian Poulter who played like a man who had just had a long break last week mixing brilliant golf with some horrific stuff. I expect Poults to be much sharper this week and I noted with interest a competition on his website to win the outfits he is wearing this week. I do own several items from his range not the tartan I hasten to add and it will certainly get you noticed. Whether you are supposed to wear it in the Queue in the post office I’m not sure.
Worksop’s finest Lee Westwood was another English star who looked seriously rusty last week who I expect to play significantly better here in Shanghai. We are in to a run of big money events now and the players must be at the top of their game to land the loot.
It’s great to see Mickelson here who in the last couple of years has become the darling of the Chinese crowds. It emerges that the permanently smiling Phil has learnt how to sign his name in Chinese for the adoring fans. There are rumours that on the back of this idea Wayne Rooney is busy with a private tutor learning to sign his name in English. Lefty struggled with his driving last week and if that’s not ironed out he could struggle again.
This course is long with large undulating greens meaning everyone has long putts over the four days and Poulter is a master of this type of course because of his confidence with the flat stick. The other main factor is water and lots of it, many holes run alongside one lake which is interconnected very cleverly meaning if your not driving well it’s an armbands job. Many people don’t like this amount of water on Tournament courses but for TV it makes a great spectacle and lets be honest as long as it’s not a player you’ve backed nothing raises a chuckle quicker than a top pro glaring at his caddy as the ball sails into a watery grave.
What’s clever here is that on the other side to the water they have built the rough up so if you take the water out of the equation you can still end up in big trouble.
We have four cracking bets this week who I expect to stay dry and stay in contention, join us I look forward to seeing you on the dry side of the fairway for a showdown in Shanghai.
Back next Tuesday.
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