World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions

World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions

Our flagship WGC-HSBC Champions sits proudly as the only World Golf Championship event outside of the Americas and as such is the biggest golf tournament in the world outside of the US and The Open Championship.

The four World Golf Championship events are the most prestigious in golf, outside of the four major championships. Following a meeting of golf's five world governing bodies (European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour), the World Golf Championships were developed to enhance the competitive structure of professional golf worldwide while preserving the traditions and strengths of the individual Tours and their events.

As the first truly global golf tournament following the sport's successful return to the Olympics at Rio 2016, there was something extra special about the Shanghai showdown last year. It was almost as if the momentum gathered over the last decade was building
up to this moment. And the tournament did not disappoint.  No less than forty of the world's top 50 players lined up at Sheshan International Golf Club and to launch the event in style five of the world's best golfers starred in "Return of the Superheroes", an all-action animated film that celebrates their individual superhero qualities; of course, the hero who emerged as The Champion was Asia's first-ever WGC winner, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama who beat a world-class field by seven shots. In doing so, he also became the youngest ever winner of the tournament.

The performance of Matsuyama represents yet another milestone in the ongoing success story of Asian golf. When we first brought HSBC Champions to China in 2005 our ambition was to create a world class international golf tournament in an emerging market. And in 2012 our "Golf's 2020 Vision" report predicted a major Asian presence in the world's Top 10, something that looks more than realistic given recent progress. Today, Asia is golf's new horizon. It's going to be fascinating to see where it takes us next.

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Schauffele Saves His Best Till Last To Claim Victory At The WGC-HSBC Champions

America’s Xander Schauffele claimed the biggest title of his short career after coming through to beat Tony Finau at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in Shanghai.


Schauffele, who had a best-of-the-day round of 68 in regulation play, claimed victory at the par-five 18th with a birdie his friend and countryman was unable to match. It was his first victory since winning twice in his rookie year on the PGA Tour in 2017 and it secured him a first prize of USD1.7 million and the coveted Old Tom Morris Trophy.

With two holes to play, Schauffele trailed Finau by one stroke and knew that he had to make his move. A stupendous birdie at the 17th, the toughest of par threes, brought him level with Finau on 13 under par – and when both players proceeded to birdie the last, they were taken back down the 18th to do battle once more.


By then, they had seen off the challenge of Justin Rose, who was bidding to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2007 to defend a WGC title. Playing in the final group, Rose got to within one stroke of the lead with a birdie at the 7th, but he dropped shots at the 9th and 10th and seemed to be playing catch-up from thereon in. A win would have taken the Englishman back to the top of the world rankings, but in the end he had to settle for third place after a disappointing 72 that left him four strokes in arrears.


As might have been expected, Finau was graciousness personified in defeat. He would have been bitterly disappointed to lose after playing some of the best golf of his career, but he was quick to congratulate his young rival on his victory. He started the day with a lead of three strokes over Schauffele, who had just celebrated his 25th birthday, Rose and Patrick Reed and finished it as one of only a handful of players with four rounds under par.

“It definitely feels like I let one get away, but Xander played incredible golf today,” Finau said. “He posted a number out there and made birdie on a playoff hole when it counted. Hats off to him. He played nicely today and deserved to win.”


Schauffele, whose mother hails from Chinese Taipei, had his family with him for the week, something he credited with helping him to settle into his routine. “It feels like I’m at home because everyone understands what she’s asking, so she takes a load off me,” he said with a smile. He certainly looked at home as the pressure mounted on the final day. He also took the time to sympathise with Finau, who found a fairway bunker with his tee shot in the playoff only for his ball to roll backwards and into its pitch mark, which meant he could only lay up short of the green with his second shot.

“Tony got a bad break in the bunker,” Schauffele said. “I knew I still needed to pull off a shot (from the middle of the fairway) and hit the green.” Comfortably on in two, he rolled his eagle putt to within two inches of the hole and victory was assured.

Much had been expected of Patrick Reed and Tommy Fleetwood at the start of the day, but neither of them lived up to their final-round billing. Victory for either player would have taken them above Francesco Molinari at the top of the standings for the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, but they rarely threatened the lead. There is still all to play for in the final three events of the season.

Reed, who had opened the tournament with a masterful round of 64, trailed Finau by three strokes when he teed off but finished a distant nine strokes in arrears after a lacklustre 77. Fleetwood finished in a tie for seventh place with Reed after a 75.

Finau eyes up WGC-HSBC Champions crown as Rose lets slip

With two holes to play in the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, Justin Rose was leading Tony Finau by two strokes and looking a good bet to become   the first player since Tiger Woods in 2007 to defend a WGC title.

England’s finest player of the modern era had played beautifully-controlled golf at Sheshan International to catch and then overtake Finau, who had started the day three strokes ahead of a trio of players – Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, and fellow American Patrick Reed.

By the time they were walking off the 18th green, however, the lead had dramatically changed hands once again. A two-stroke lead had turned into a three-stroke deficit for Rose, who first double-bogeyed the par-three 17th after finding water off the tee and then bogeyed the 18th after repeating the feat with his approach shot to the green.

Finau, who is looking for his first win since 2016, added salt to the wound by rolling in a short putt for a birdie at the 17th, his second in succession, and adding another from around 12 feet at the last to move to 13 under par with a round of 70. Rose and Reed, who also had rounds of 70, once again have three strokes to make up on Finau, as does Xander Schauffele, who had a 69. Fleetwood is five strokes off the pace after a level-par round of 72

While it is nice to sleep on a lead, Rose will not allow himself to agonise too much about what could have been. He won this title after making up eight strokes on Dustin Johnson in the final round last year and knows from good, and now bad, experience how shots can come and go and Sheshan International. In every sense, it will make for a fascinating final day.

“I’m playing well so I’ve got to go out tomorrow, shoot something in the mid- 60s, and see if I can chase Tony down,” Rose said. “Obviously there are three guys at 10-under who are all going to be chasing pretty hard, but there’s nothing to lose. I’ve just got to put those last couple of holes behind me and come out a little bit angry.”

As one of the most laid-back characters in the game, it is hard to imagine Finau getting angry. He missed a couple of short putts early in his round, one from no more than a couple of feet, but he showed no sense of despair as his lead slowly disappeared. Likewise, he was not too exuberant when things finally started to turn his way.

“You need to have a short-term memory when it comes to hitting bad shots,” he explained. “I’m never too up, never too down, at least for the most part. It usually serves me well because you get over shots faster and you can move on faster.”

After finishing the day with the same lead he had started with, Finau is pleased that his nearest rivals will once again have to do all the chasing. “This is the position you want to be in,” he said. “I’ll be looking to close out my first tournament in this position, which is exciting. I’ve put myself in a great position and I’m going to have fun no matter the outcome. Hopefully I’ll make a lot of birdies and make those guys have to do something special tomorrow to beat me.”

Finau Takes The Rough With The Smooth At WGC-HSBC Champions

America’s Tony Finau followed his opening round of 66 with one of 67 to move to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International today.

Finau, one of the success stories for the United States team at the recent Ryder Cup match against Europe, has maintained the form he showed that week in Paris and has promised all-out attack over the weekend in his bid to win for the first time since 2016.

On 11 under par, the popular American lies three strokes ahead of Patrick Reed, who was unable to produce the fireworks of the previous day in a level par round of 72, Justin Rose, who also had a 67, and Tommy Fleetwood, who had a second successive 68.

It was a day when the golfing gods initially smiled on Finau and then had a bit of fun at his expense. First he had five birdies in his first 10 holes to move to 11 under par and into the outright lead – and then he double bogeyed the 11th when his ball landed on a sprinkler head beside the green and kicked into a hazard.

Another dropped shot at the 13th brought Finau back to the field, but three birdies in the last five holes restored his lead at the top. To say it was deserved would be an understatement. “One thing I’ve learned in this game is that you take the good with the bad and keep moving forward,” he said. “I knew I was still playing well and still at the top of the leaderboard.”

With Rose, Fleetwood and Reed snapping at his heels, Finau believes that attack will be the best form of defence for the next 36 holes. “I think I’ll stay in attack mode,” he said. “There are a lot of great players here that are looking to chase me down, but if I continue to make birdies and limit the mistakes, I think it will be a good weekend.”

He could certainly take heart from the words of Fleetwood, who says he would not begrudge Finau victory here this week. “Tony is great,” the Englishman said. “He’s done everything else this year, so I wouldn’t put it past him, or hold it against him, if he did get the win. But there’s a long way to go.”

It says everything about Justin Rose’s ability to focus that he was unaware that he had gone bogey free in a round that was made up of 13 pars and five birdies, three in a front half of 33, and two on an inward half of 34. Rose is determined to make a strong defence of the title he won last year in dramatic fashion and he is deeply satisfied with his progress so far.

“It’s a golf course that rewards good play, but it wasn’t easy today in the cross winds,” he said. “I kept it mentally sharp and towards the end of the round I was trying to whip myself and keep driving forward.”

Rose’s favourite shot of the day was a four-iron from 230 yards into the par five 18th which set up an eagle putt that drifted just wide of the hole. He was most pleased, however, with the par he secured at the 17th when he sank a tricky putt from around five feet to keep his momentum going.

Like Rose, Fleetwood is a player with an even temperament and a demeanour that hides a fiercely competitive streak. He is in fine form and can be expected to mount a strong challenge over the weekend. Two rounds of 68 is no mean feat and with only two bogeys in 36 holes he looks fresh and alert.

The same cannot be said for Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari or Dustin Johnson, who between them are a combined 15 over par after two rounds. Their time will come again, but not this week it would seem.

Masterful Reed throws down gauntlet at WGC-HSBC Champions

Go looking for Patrick Reed on the practice range and you will invariably find him tucked away in the far corner, working in splendid isolation on his rhythmic, simple swing.

It seems only fitting, therefore, that the Masters champion separated himself from the field yesterday with an exceptional eight-under-par round of 64 on the first day of the wind-buffeted WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International. Trailing Reed by two strokes are two fellow Americans, Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau, with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick one stroke further back.

In every sense this was a masterclass from Reed in how to play golf in the wind, a bogey-free round that could have been even better had the odd putt dropped below ground. This is his first outing since the Ryder Cup three weeks ago and he has left the disappointment of defeat at the hands of Europe far behind.

“When the wind starts blowing and gusting like it was today it’s really important to hit the ball well, not just off the tee but the iron shots as well,” a quietly delighted Reed said. “It’s challenging mentally because you are going to get some bad breaks.

“For my first event back I feel I had full control. My ball striking was the best part of my game and I was hitting it where I wanted to and controlling the trajectory of the ball. It was really pleasing.”

Reed missed only two fairways, both of them on par fives, and missed just one green in regulation, the par-three 12th, his third, from where he putted in for a birdie. It was that sort of a day, a day when everything went right.

If Reed understands anything, however, it is the fickle nature of the game of golf. He knows that eight birdies today is no guarantee of eight tomorrow and for that reason he is not getting ahead of himself. “I need to take it day by day and stick to my game plan,” he said. “If I can shoot another couple of rounds like this it will really help me out.” Of that there is little doubt.

Among those determined to chase him down is Justin Rose, who is bidding to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2007 to win the same WGC title two years in succession.

The world No.3 knows the importance of patience on this course, having made up eight shots on the final day to claim an unlikely victory last year, and was not too disappointed with a round of 69 that was slightly blighted by dropped shots at the 9th and 18th, where he took an aggressive line off the tee and dumped the ball in water to the right of the fairway.

“You can’t win it on the first day, you can only lose it,” Rose said. “It was a good start but I feel I left a few shots out there. I gave myself a lot of birdie looks and feel I could have shot a 65, 64 possibly. But overall a 69 is a good start, something to build on for the rest of the week.”

What Francesco Molinari, the leader in the Race to Dubai, would have given for a round of 69. The Open champion looked fatigued in the company of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson and was uncharacteristically wayward on a day in which he ran up five bogeys in a four-over-par 76.  McIlroy had a 72, Johnson a 74.

In the meantime, spare some thought for Ian Poulter, a former winner of the event, who has been coming to terms with the fact that, at 42, he finds himself the oldest player in the field. Europe’s Ryder Cup hero has been taking a little teasing in good spirit, but the competitive fire still burns within.

“It’s crazy to think I’ve been coming here since 2005,” he said after finishing on three under par. “It would certainly be nice to win it as the oldest player in the field. I’ll certainly be giving it a go.”

WGC-HSBC Champions Off To A Flying Start

As play got under way beneath blue skies and sunshine at the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International this morning there was a sense of anticipation among both players and fans.

Five of the world’s top six players are among the elite 77-man field (England’s Chris Wood was a late withdrawal through injury) and vying for one of the most coveted trophies in the game. It’s not every day that players get to contest a World Golf Championships event, so to do so in such a place as Shanghai makes it extra special.

Spectators who were once curious observers have become true and knowledgeable fans thanks to the profile given to the game by the WGC-HSBC Champions – ‘Asia’s Major’ – since the tournament was first played in 2005. Most would have admitted they were spoilt for choice this morning when it came to choosing who to follow among the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, the defending champion, and local favourite, Haotong Li.

All of them, however, were able to take advantage of WeChat, the most widely used Chinese social media platform, who have become an Official Partner for the championship. Through a new ‘WeChat Mini-Program‘, fans can gain access to real-time tournament information and scores from anywhere on the course, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

Off the course, fans are also given a warm welcome in the HSBC Interactive Village, where they can visit the WeChat Experience Centre, take part in a Beat The Pro challenge, take on the newly designed Putting Pyramid and much more.

One particular favourite for young fans – anyone under 18 gets in for free if accompanied by an adult – is the fan zone by the newly-installed Lake View area where they can get players’ autographs.

Among the players to get off to a good start was Reed, the Masters champion, who was seven under par with six holes to play. In every sense the WGC HSBC Champions was off to a flying start.

Golfers Take Aim At Growing The Sport With Star-Studded Badminton Showdown

HSBC brings together five of the world’s top six golfers to serve up a Europe vs USA re-match in front of the Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

Ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, title partner HSBC today brought together five of the star-studded field for a unique Europe vs USA re-match aimed at helping grow the game in China.


The event saw new World Number One Brooks Koepka, World Number Two Dustin Johnson, defending champion and World Number Three Justin Rose, World Number Five Rory McIlroy and World Number Six Francesco Molinari try their hand at one of China’s biggest sports.

They swapped their drivers for badminton racquets on a specially constructed court outside the Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, in an event designed to appeal to Chinese fans and bring to life the ever-closer connection between Chinese culture and world-class golf. Just weeks after all six faced off at Le Golf National, it was also another chance to compete for bragging rights in the battle of Europe vs USA.


The event is part of title partner HSBC’s efforts to support the growth of golf in Asia through its flagship partnership with the World Golf Championships. When HSBC first brought HSBC Champions to Shanghai in 2005, golf in Asia was in its infancy, with a limited number of golf fans, no playing heritage and no significant event. Since then the partnership between HSBC and the WGC has allowed the sport to thrive in the region, with WGC-HSBC Champions earning the reputation of ‘Asia’s Major’ due to the high-quality golf on show and the impressive crowds of Chinese golf fans.


Hosting the latest re-match between Europe and the USA on a badminton court is part of HSBC’s mission to grow the sport in the region. Badminton is one of the most popular sports in China and so giving these iconic golfers the chance to try the sport is designed to bring even more Chinese fans into contact with the game of golf. The event featured a coaching session given by former badminton World Champion Wang Lin, a star in China who was able to put the golf pros through their paces. HSBC is also partner of the Badminton World Federation.

Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said at the event: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with the World Golf Championship, and how the WGC-HSBC Champions has grown since 2009 to become ‘Asia’s Major’. Golf in Asia is thriving, with talented players breaking out on the world stage and more fans following the sport. Bringing the best players in the world to Shanghai has been a huge part of this development. As we continue to push the growth agenda for Chinese golf, what better way to help Chinese fans connect with some of the best players in the world than to have them try their hands at badminton, a hugely popular sport in China.”


World Number One and this year’s US Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka added: “It was great fun to swap the golf club for the badminton racquet and have a hit at an incredible location in front of the Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. It started off as a bit of fun, but when we got going there was definitely some friendly competition between the two sides.”

Speaking at the launch, World Number Two Dustin Johnson said: “I have played at the WGC-HSBC Champions for several years now, and every year the tournament seems to get better. The local fans are more engaged, more knowledgeable and clearly more into the game of golf. With the help of the Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, great events such as this will allow us continue to keep growing the sport in this part of the world.”

World Number Three Justin Rose said: “It was an incredible experience to lift the Old Tom Morris Cup in Shanghai last year and I can’t wait to tee off again to defend the trophy. The amazing field that descends on Shanghai each October certainly justifies the tournament’s unofficial title as Asia’s Major and I’m looking forward to what will be a really challenging few days.”

World Number Five Rory McIlroy said: “It is really important for the future of golf that the sport continues to reach out to new markets and new fans all over the world. Events like this one, and the work being done generally by HSBC in Asian golf, do a tremendous job at helping secure the long-term prosperity of golf, so I was happy to be a part of today’s event.”

The Open Championship winner and current World Number Six Francesco Molinari said: “It was great to once again line-up alongside some of my European teammates, this time on a badminton court rather than a golf course. What took place at Le Golf National was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my professional life.”


Competing for an increased prize fund of USD10 million at this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions, the star-studded field will be the strongest gathered in Asia this year. Organisers have also planned significant enhancements to every aspect of the spectator experience for this year’s event including adding virtual reality technology to the new Lakeside area boasting a spectator viewing platform with premium sightlines of the 2nd and 9th greens.

Johnson, Koepka, Mcilroy, Molinari and Reed are latest stars to commit to 2018 WGC-HSBC champions

World No.2 Dustin Johnson, 2018 US Open and US PGA Champion Brooks Koepka, and 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed, along with 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy join newly crowned World No.1 and defending champion Justin Rose as the latest stars to confirm that they will compete at the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place 25th to 28th October at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

They join local hero, Li Haotong, in what will be a star-studded field and the strongest gathered in Asia this year as the world’s best compete for an increased prize fund of USD10 million.

Johnson and Molinari are both former winners of the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2013 and 2010 respectively and Johnson and Koepka notably finished tied second behind Rose at last year’s tournament.


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Johnson commented: “I really enjoy playing in front of the Chinese crowds, as you can sense their enthusiasm for the tournament. Having won there a few years ago, it always feels special to return. I was very close to winning there again last year, so it would be great to head into the Christmas break after winning another World Golf Championship title against such an awesome field.”

Fresh from his US PGA Championship win last month, man of the moment Brooks Koepka added: “This will be my third time playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions and I am definitely hoping I can improve on last year’s second place finish. It has been an amazing couple of months but hopefully I am not done yet and can keep this momentum going to win my first World Golf Championships title in Shanghai.”


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Patrick Reed, the 2018 Master Champion and currently lying second on the European Tour Race To Dubai Rankings said: “I always feel so lucky that we are able to travel the world and compete at some of the most amazing courses and cities in the world. I look forward to competing against the best players in the world in Shanghai. The Sheshan International Golf Club always offers a good test and I hope to play solid and have a chance to win a second World Golf Championship of my career.”


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Italy’s first Major winner, 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari, concluded: “Playing in Shanghai is very important to me. It was such a huge moment in my career when I won there in 2010. It gave me the confidence to know that I can deliver on the big occasions against the world’s best fields when I get myself in contention. It is amazing to be returning to Sheshan, not only as a past champion which always feels good, but also as the reigning Open Champion.”

Leanne Cutts, Group Head of Marketing at HSBC, said of the announcement: “In the thirteen years since we first brought WGC-HSBC Champions to Shanghai, golf in Asia has experienced an incredible transformation. We are delighted to once again welcome the best of the best in world golf to ‘Asia’s Major’, where they will be cheered on by a Chinese golf audience that has grown dramatically in that time.

“HSBC has always been where the growth is, and we remain committed to working in partnership with the WGC to fulfil the potential of golf in the region. Continuing to attract the biggest players in the world to inspire the next generation of players and fans is a big part of that. With a field full of Major winners, top-ten ranked players and home-grown talents, WGC-HSBC Champions remains an unmissable date on the global golfing calendar.”

As well as hosting the strongest player field in Asia, organisers have planned significant enhancements to every aspect of the spectator experience for this year’s event including adding virtual reality technology to the new Lakeside area boasting a spectator viewing platform with premium sightlines of the 2nd and 9th greens. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with the world’s best players through complimentary entry at the Pro Am played on 24th October. With so much on offer, fans will be looking to take advantage of the event’s early bird offer which concludes at the end of September.

As part of an on-going initiative to grow the game of golf in China, juniors aged 18 years and under enter for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Additional discounts are also available for students and families to ensure the event becomes more accessible to fans. For more details, please click here.

Justin Rose to defend his title at 2018 WGC-HSBC champions

Defending champion Justin Rose has confirmed his participation in the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions taking place 25th to 28th October at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

Crowd favourite, Li Haotong, will also be in Shanghai as China’s No.1 player to challenge the world’s best golfers, competing for an increased prize fund of USD10 million, as they battle for the title known as ‘Asia’s Major.’

As well as hosting the strongest player field in Asia, organisers have planned significant enhancements to every aspect of the spectator experience for this year’s event including adding Virtual Reality technology to the new Lakeside area boasting a spectator viewing platform with premium sightlines of the 2nd and 9th greens. With so much on offer, fans will be looking to take advantage of a special early bird ticket offer launched today with official ticketing partner, 247 Tickets.



Rose’s win at the WGC-HSBC Champions last October kick-started a remarkable run of form that has seen the Englishman rise from 13th on the Official World Golf Rankings to a current position of third, with every chance of reaching the number one spot in the coming weeks.

Olympic Gold Medallist Rose, who recovered an eight shot deficit on the Sunday to triumph at last year’s WGC-HSBC Champions commented: “I can’t wait to get back to Shanghai. It was such an important week for me last year and it turned an ok year into an excellent one. The confidence I gained from coming from eight shots back in such a big tournament against such a world-class field really helped me finish off last year on a high and I have kept the momentum going ever since. I will feel very proud to stand on the first tee at Sheshan and be announced as the defending Champion.”



Li Haotong, a two-time winner on the European Tour, added: “I always look forward to playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions. It is such a big event and it is very special to play for such an important title against the best players in the world in front of my home fans. Winning Majors and World Golf Championships are definitely goals of mine so it would be amazing to be the first Chinese player to win a World Golf Championship and to actually do it in China.”

Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said of the announcement: “HSBC is proud to support this internationally renowned tournament and the growth of golf across Asia-Pacific. We are delighted that a world-class field of golfers will be on the course at Sheshan again this year and look forward to a compelling spectacle for the fans.”

Zhang Xiaoning, President of the China Golf Association concluded: “We are very excited about this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions as HSBC and IMG are working closely with us to help to grow the game in China. This year they have taken significant steps in making the tournament even more accessible to the public by lowering the ticket prices. There are also major enhancements to the spectator experience planned while, once again, the tournament will inspire by delivering the world’s best golfers to Shanghai.”

As part of an on-going initiative to grow the game of golf in China, organisers have launched early bird discounts with as much as 40% off regular ticket bundles with complimentary entry to all ticket holders during the Professional-Amateur competition on 24th October. Families and group purchases stand to enjoy even greater savings to ensure the event becomes more accessible to fans. For more details on these incredible WGC-HSBC Champions offers, please click here.

Rose takes aim on second – and wins

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The unthinkable happened over the last round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan. Justin Rose won the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan in spite of the fact that Dustin Johnson, the World No 1, had started the day eight shots ahead of him and six clear of the field.

“It was the kind of day you hope for,” said Rose, who won by two from the trio of Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Brooks Koepka. “It was the perfect kind of day to make a comeback – and an easy day to make mistakes if, like Dustin, you were leading.” It was also a day when the plan Rose has in his head for chasing someone with a big lead came in handy. Whenever that applies, he always aims, “to win the other tournament.”

Rose, would you believe, was still six behind with nine holes to go. However, after telling himself that he was going to play match-play against the course over the homeward half, he romped home in 31 for this comeback of comebacks. “Unbelievable!” is what he said – and it was. He now has a US Open title to his name, an Olympic Gold and two WGCs.

Johnson had made as many as 22 birdies over the first three days. Today, on the other hand, the most dashing man in golf had none in his trouble-strewn 77.

There was not a soul at Sheshan who had expected him to do anything other than run away with the title at the start of the day. He was playing patient, sensible golf and he knew how to win round here, having done as much in 2013. Not only that, but WGC events seemed to have been made for him; he already had five in the bag when he arrived at Sheshan last week.

Even when he dropped a shot at each of the first two holes, none among his fans was overly concerned and neither was he. Furthermore, every time Brooks Koepka and Rose started to put a bit of early pressure on him, they backed off with a few errant putts. Everything, it seemed, was going to work out in the end.

Yet far from things taking a turn for the better after his outward 38, they got worse. He was still two ahead after missing a par putt at the 12th, while he did well to salvage a par at the 14th after hacking across the green from the edge of a water hazard. But his luck ran out when he made bunkered bogeys at each of the next two holes.

Rose had been creeping up on him with birdies at the 11th, 13th and 14th. He went one ahead with a birdie at the 16th – and doubled that little lead when he knocked his five iron to two feet at the short 17th. A Rose par at the 18th was all that was required as the leading group of Johnson, Stenson and Koepka added to their mistakes rather than getting their acts together.

While that trio was staggering home, Rose was busy with broadcasts and calls from his wife, Kate, who was watching the extraordinary goings-on back home in the Bahamas with the couple’s two young children. (It was three a.m. in that part of the world.)

At the first possible opportunity, Dustin came up to congratulate him: ”Nice play, very well done.” You expected no less from the World No. 1.

Asked to sum up his day of disasters, Johnson came up with a rueful, “It was simple. I just could never get anything going and I didn’t hole any putts.”

Superheroes emerge across Shanghai

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Today at Sheshan International golf club the best golfers in the world will face off, all trying to prove they are the ultimate superhero by claiming the Old Tom Morris trophy.

But these elite golfers aren’t the only ones who’ve been proving their superhero credentials in Shanghai. In the run-up to and during the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions, tournament sponsor HSBC has been hosting the HSBC Superhero Boot Camp. This innovative live experience has given fans across Shanghai the chance to live their dream of being a golfing superhero and test their skills against the best in world.

Throughout the tournament, HSBC has been celebrating the unique superhero traits of four of the best players at WGC-HSBC Champions: Dustin “The Heat” Johnson, Hideki “The Mountain” Matsuyama, Henrik “The Machine” Stenson and Haotong “The Force” Li. The HSBC Superhero Boot Camp is made up of four challenges that tests participants in line with these characteristics: heat, energy, mountain & machine. The event also included a live screen showing the action from Sheshan and a 360° video cinema.

The Boot Camp was even given a star studded grand opening as China’s a-list actor Lu Yi made an appearance alongside HSBC China CEO David Liao and a selection of junior players from the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program.

HSBC has a long term commitment to grow golf at all levels. By investing in programs such as the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program and the HSBC Superhero Boot Camp, HSBC is looking to both ensure new fans in China are attracted to golf and that those new fans have a sustainable structure to support them learning the game.

Ryder cup captain scouts future Shanghai stars

Created on: 28th October 2017

















Thomas Bjorn, captain of Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup, is in Shanghai this week for the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions. He took a break from monitoring European golfing talent to do some talent spotting of a different kind as he hosted a golf clinic for elite junior Chinese golfers.

Bjorn was joined by Wu Ashun, long term ambassador for Chinese golf, as the pair offered unique insights and tips on what it takes to become one of golf’s superheroes. Ashun is competing at WGC-HSBC Champions this week for the 9th time.

Thomas Bjorn said after the clinic: “The growth of golf in China has been truly astonishing. You only have to look at where Chinese golf was 10 years ago and where it is today to see that China is without doubt an emerging golfing superpower. It was a great pleasure to be a part of supporting the next generation of golfers at today’s clinic.”

Local golfing star Wu Ashun added: “The impact of the WGC-HSBC Champions cannot be underestimated in terms of allowing Chinese players to compete against the very best, and introducing a new generation of young fans to the game. I am certain that without WGC-HSBC Champions and all of the programmes taking place around it, we would not have seen such levels of growth”

The clinic was part of tournament sponsor HSBC’s long term commitment to help grow the game by investing in golf at all levels. HSBC continues to support the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program – a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built.

Mercedes Benz announced as official car of the WGC-HSBC champions

Created on: 28th October 2017

















Mercedes-Benz is announced today as a proud sponsor and the new Official Car of the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place this week at Sheshan International Golf Club.

The four-year partnership with the WGC-HSBC Champions, one of only four World Golf Championship events, starts this year as fifteen of the world’s top twenty players gather in Shanghai to compete for an increased prize fund of $9,750,000.

Mercedes-Benz has been involved in professional golf since the 1980s and supports a large number of tournaments in the professional and amateur game around the world. As a proud sponsor of three of golfs men’s Majors – The Masters, The Open and The US PGA Championship – their decision to sponsor the tournament, recognised unofficially as ‘Asia’s Major’ is an obvious one.

















Mercedes Benz will provide a fleet of over seventy luxury cars for the use of players and officials at the WGC-HSBC Champions. In addition, they have built a special new Mercedes me Café overlooking the Driving Range, where spectators can relax and watch the professionals practice; whilst in the spectator village there will be an interactive car display, which will include the Mercedes-Benz F1 simulator experience. Out on the golf course professionals will compete for a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe by achieving a Hole-In-One on the 17th Par-3 hole.

Reigning Champion Hideki Matsuyama will defend his title against a star-studded 78-man field which includes current World No.1 Dustin Johnson, two former world number ones, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day, and all of the three Olympic medallists; Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze).

















Qualifying in his own right this year, home favourite and Mercedes Benz Ambassador, Li Haotong will head up China’s interest, along with six players nominated by the Chinese Golf Association including fellow Mercedes Benz ambassador Liang Wenchong, Dou Zecheng, Zhang Xinjun, Wu Ashun, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi.

Tickets are on sale at www.HSBCgolf.com/buy-tickets-online. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

Asian golf on the rise

Created on: 27th October 2017

















The biggest stars in international golf may be in Shanghai for World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, but they face stiff competition from a talented field of Asian golfers. Hot on the heels of Hideki Matsuyama becoming Asia’s first-ever WGC winner at the tournament last year, there looks set to be another strong Asian challenge at Sheshan International golf club.

Local fans can look forward to an impressive showing from Chinese golfers in particular, a group that has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. It is two years since Haotong Li finished seventh at WGC-HSBC Champions, the highest ever PGA Tour finish by a Chinese-born player. This year the talented Hunan-born player shot a record-equalling 63 on the final day of the The Open Championship to claim a place in the record books, not to mention the 2018 Masters.

Haotong Li is by no means alone. 20-year-old Dou Zecheng, who also lines up at WGC-HSBC Champions this week, recently earned his PGA Tour card after winning on the Web.com Tour this summer.

When HSBC first brought the tournament to Shanghai over a decade ago, a major part of the ambition was to help grow golf in China. There is no doubt that the game has come on leaps and bounds, with China now an emerging golfing superpower. Initiatives such as the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built, have had had a profound effect. Both Haotong Li and Dou Zecheng are graduates of the scheme, it’s going to be fascinating watching their progress this week.

The superheroes of golf have landed

Created on: 26th October 2017

















World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions got off to a flying start as four superheroes of golf arrived in Shanghai in dramatic style, posing for a gravity-defying image on the roof of The Peninsula Hotel.

World Number 1 Dustin Johnson, last year’s runner-up Henrik Stenson and local hero Haotong Li were suspended in mid-air far above the iconic Shanghai skyline and the watching gaze of defending champion and World Number 3 Hideki Matsuyama who was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

The action was directed by Beijing-born contemporary artist Li Wei who specialises in gravity-defying imagery with the use of metal wires and scaffolding.

WGC-HSBC Champions has become known for its ‘Superhero’ theme, reflecting a tournament that attracts the best of the best in world golf. This will play out once again in 2017 as fifteen of the world’s Top 20 players gather in China.

The four players involved in the high-flying photo shoot each have their own superhero persona reflecting their unique style. Dustin Johnson is “The Heat”, Hideki Matsuyama is “The Mountain”, Henrik Stenson is “The Machine” and Haotong Li is “The Force”. It may have been all smiles on top of the Peninsula, but as play begins these giants of the global game are set for a fierce golfing battle.

Speaking after his high-wire experience, World Number 1 Dustin Johnson said: “I’ve heard of climbing the rankings but this is pretty extreme! I have great memories of winning here in 2013 and as ever in Shanghai it’s going to be tough, competitive but a lot of fun.”

The father factor

Created on: 25th October 2017

















Plenty of players in this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan have been taught by their fathers, either at some point in their careers or all along. Tyrrell Hatton is the latest of this brigade to come to the fore, only his father, Jeff, is a dad with a difference.

A single figure amateur, Jeff suffered the humiliation of being beaten by Tyrrell for a first time when the lad was a mere six years of age. You would have thought that Jeff’s inclination at that point would be to have nothing more to do with golf . Instead, he decided that he far preferred teaching Tyrrell to playing himself and, at 42, he gave up his regular job to embark on the long process of qualifying as a PGA professional. “I realised I had an eye for a golf swing but it was still a bit of a gamble,” he said.

No less of a perfectionist than his son, Jeff decided to do things properly – and to the full. He studied every aspect of the career, including club-fitting, and today has his own teaching studio built on to the family home. The only golfers he cannot accommodate are left-handers, with Tyrrell explaining that the equipment in the studio is only set up for right-handers.

When it came to the mental side of golf, there was nothing Jeff could teach his son, for the boy is a born winner who, in the lead-up to this week, captured back-to-back events in Europe. First stop was the Dunhill Links championship where he won by four from Ross Fisher and Richard Stone; second came the Italian Open where he finished one ahead of Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

This is Hatton’s third trip to the WGC-HSBC Champions. He has no recollection of how he scored on his two previous visits, largely because “It’s not something I want to remember”. This year, though, he has pre-tournament feelings which are in a different league. “In my previous visits, I didn’t begin to be in the same form as I am coming into this week. This time, I can’t wait to get going.” He will be playing alongside Matt Fitzpatrick, who like himself is in line to make next year’s Ryder Cup side for Paris, and Li Haotong.

It goes without saying that Hatton’s eager anticipation is accentuated by those twin triumphs at the start of the month. Even now, he goes to bed dreaming of a couple of the shots that made the difference.

At St Andrews, at the Dunhill, it was the six iron he hit from 194 yards to fifteen feet at the notorious 17th which paved the way for his Saturday 62.
In Italy, it was what happened at the 18th on the Sunday afternoon when it had looked for all the world as if he was heading to join Fisher and Aphibarnrat in a three-way play off. Not fancying that idea, he holed from all of 18 feet to edge ahead of the pair of the,. “I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my knees and hands were shaking.”

For the record, Hatton had birdied five of the last seven holes.

The inner man

Created on: 25th October 2017

















Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm, who are playing alongside Dustin Johnson for the first two rounds of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan, were focussing on their inner feelings at their pre-tournament press conferences.

Matsuyama was concentrating on the very different task of coming into the event as a defending champion. He romped past the rest in 2017, winning by a cool seven shots from none other than Henrik Stenson. “He left us all in the dust,” to use Stenson’s words. Yet, easy though it all looked for the Japanese player, he sees the business of doing the same again as a tough ask. “To get to the top of your game, and to continue on top, are both very hard. I’m still only learning how hard…Therein lies the difficulty of golf.”

He doesn’t want to put too much pressure on himself this week. Instead, he is going to hope and wait “for the tournament come to me as it did a year ago.”

Rahm was questioned on his competitiveness. He was asked if he was born with it or whether it was something he had learned. Though the Spaniard suspects that people can learn it, he thinks that he was born with it. Even as a small child, he wanted to beat everyone at everything. His brother, who is six years older than he is, didn’t let that happen for a bit but, before too long, Rahm was in the way of winning and loving everything that goes with it.

“I don’t,” he said, “look at failure, I look at winning. I love competing and I love the butterflies that you have in a championship.”

How lucky is that? For your average golfer, those butterflies can be little killers.

Another thing to emerge about Rahm yesterday is that he is one of the game’s natural historians. Apparently, he can give you chapter and verse on the late Seve Ballesteros’s career. Again, he probably knows many more facts and figures about this WGC-HSBC tournament than many of those who have played in it year after year. “He reads up on everything,” said his manager, Steve Loy.

This week, the Spaniard will have all the fun of watching history in the making as Dou Zecheng and Xinjun Zhang become the first two Chinese golfers to tee up in this event as full playing members of the USPGA Tour.

Both started their professional careers on the US China Tour, and both moved on from there to the web.com before graduating to the toughest circuit on the planet.

It goes without saying that for Zecheng and Zhang to be competing here as fellow members of the same tour as such as Matsuyama, Rahm, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson is huge for them and huge for China.

Just as Matsuyama will be thinking about “letting the tournament come to me”, and Rahm will be hoping for a week when the butterflies will stir in what is his first appearance in China, so these Chinese players will be lapping up the realisation of all their golfing dreams.

Shanghai set for Asia's Major

Created on: 23rd October 2017

















 

The field is set for 'Asia's Major' with fifteen of the world's top twenty players in Shanghai this week to compete for an increased prize fund of $9,750,000 at the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place 26 to 29 October at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Reigning Champion Hideki Matsuyama will defend his title against a star-studded 78-man field, which boasts 23 nationalities and includes nine Major champions who have won 13 Major Championships and 576 international tournament titles from 75 champions.

Competing for an increased first prize of $1.66 million, current World No.1 and former Champion Dustin Johnson, is joined by two former world number ones – 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day – and all of the Olympic medallists – Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze). Also in the field is Brooks Koepka, the 2017 US Open Champion, and fan favourite and five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson.

Qualifying in his own right this year, home favourite, Li Haotong will head up China's interest, along with six players nominated by the Chinese Golf Association Li Haotong, Dou Zecheng, Zhang Xinjun, Wu Ashun, Liang Wenchong, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi.

The final player field is available online at www.hsbcgolf.com/player-profiles and tickets will also be on sale at Sheshan International Golf Club. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit www.HSBCgolf.com/mens or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions

Li Haotong and six other Chinese golfers to compete in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions

Created on: 19th October 2017

















 

For the first time since the HSBC Champions was upgraded to a World Golf Championship event in 2009, an unprecedented number of seven Chinese golfers namely Li Haotong, Dou Zecheng, Zhang Xinjun, Wu Ashun, Liang Wenchong, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi, will challenge the star-studded field and show the world the strength of Chinese golf from October 26th to 29th at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai.

Since 2013, the qualification spots for Chinese golfers at the WGC-HSBC Champions have increased from four to six thanks to the concerted efforts of the China Golf Association. Although the quota remains unchanged this year, Li Haotong has qualified through his own merit by ranking among the top 30 in the European Tour’s Race To Dubai, bringing the total number of Chinese golfers to seven at this event for the first time in its history.

















 

2017 has been a phenomenal year for Li Haotong. Despite not recording a win in 2017 so far, he has finished in the top 10 on the European Tour four times. In particular, his greatest achievement has been garnering a third place finish at the 146th British Open by shooting a final round score of 63. This marks the lowest score and highest finish ever by a Chinese golfer at the Majors.

Li Haotong graduated from the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Program and tied for 7th at the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions, setting a record for a Chinese golfer at the World Golf Championships. Currently ranked 64th in the world, he will embark on another attempt this year to reach for the pinnacle of golf.

















 

















 

This year also witnessed other great achievements for Dou Zecheng and Zhang Xinjun, who became China’s first official PGA Tour members through their outstanding performances on the Web.com Tour. Dou Zecheng became the first Chinese winner on the Tour and together with Zhang Xinjun, they finished among the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour. Both recently began their new journey on the PGA Tour by teeing off at the Safeway Open.

















 

Fujian golfer Wu Ashun has begun his comeback on the European Tour where he has finished among the top 10 on four occasions this season. He finished tied 9th at the European Masters and 7th at the Portugal Masters in September 2017. This year marks his 9th time competing at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

















 

Guangdong golfer Liang Wenchong will also set another record at this year’s WGC-HSBC Champions. He is the only one among the seven Chinese golfers who has not missed any WGC-HSBC Champions edition since its inception and this will be his 13th appearance at the tournament. Over the past year, Liang has made great strides on the international golf scene with a victory on the Japan Golf Tour in April, winning the Token Homemate Cup for the second time in his career.

















 

















 

Comparatively, Liu Yanwei and Cao Yi are relatively fresh faces at the event. Beijing golfer 27-year-old Cao Yi won the men’s team gold medal together with teammate Dou Zecheng at the 13th National Games in Tianjin this year. He has also finished in the top 10 three times on the PGA Tour China. This will be his second appearance at the tournament with his debut outing at Sheshan clearly demonstrating the additional work needed to bridge the gap between him and the world’s top players. At the same, 20-year-old Liu Yanwei will make his debut this year and has gained strength rapidly over the past year. He has ranked among the top 10 in many Asian golf events and was tied for 11th on the European Tour’s Shenzhen International at the beginning of the year.

With such a strong line up of Chinese golfers, a spectacular battle of golf awaits at the Sheshan International Golf Club and Team China will be calling for all their fans to cheer them on from the 26th-29th of October!

Tickets are on sale here. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please click here or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions

Star-studded field gathering for Asia’s Major

Created on: 9th October 2017

















 

“This is by far the strongest field we will play against for the rest of the year…” Jon Rahm

World No.5 Jon Rahm, World No.7 Jason Day and 2017 Tour Championship Winner Xander Schauffele have all confirmed their debut in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions, taking place 26 to 29 October at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

Many of golf’s leading stars will join defending champion and World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama, and World No.1 and 2013 Champion Dustin Johnson for the final World Golf Championship of the year.

















 

The star-studded field will include the three Olympic medallists, Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver), and Matt Kuchar (Bronze), as well as Marc Leishman, winner of the PGA’s BMW Championship earlier this month, Brooks Koepka, 2017 US Open Champion, US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, and fan favourite and five time Major winner Phil Mickelson.

European stars include 10-time European Tour winner Alex Noren, England’s Paul Casey, World No. 14 Tommy Fleetwood who is currently leading the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, 2010 HSBC Champions winner Francesco Molinari, and five-time European Tour winner Rafael Cabrera Bello.

















 

Qualifying in his own right this year, Li Haotong will head up China’s interest, along with six players that still to be nominated by the Chinese Golf Association.

Spain’s Jon Rahm, who turned professional only last year and won the Farmers Insurance Open in January, has been racing up the world rankings ever since an impressive win at the Irish Open in the summer. Rahm said: “This is by far the strongest field we will play against for the rest of the year and I would love to make a really strong debut in Shanghai. Majors and World Golf Championships are the titles you want to add to your CV and I would love to feature on the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon.”

















 

Phil Mickelson said: “I am delighted to be returning to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions. Having won there in 2007 and 2009, the Sheshan Golf Club is a very special place for me and I would love to be able to make my return to the winning circle there. The fans in China are like nowhere else in the world in terms of their energy and enthusiasm and I cannot wait to return and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the tournament so many refer to as ‘Asia’s Major.”

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, said: Once again the strength of field at the 2017 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be unrivalled in Asia. This year has been a truly exciting one in the world of golf.  We have seen many first-time winners on the PGA and European Tours and at the Majors. It’s also been another stellar year for Chinese golf, with the incredible performance of Li Haotong at The Open and Dou Zecheng becoming the first Chinese player to earn a full PGA Tour card.  At HSBC we are immensely proud of the role we’ve played in growing the game in China and it’s inspiring to see the emergence of Chinese players on the world stage. With such a star-studded field it is shaping up to be a truly exciting instalment of ‘Asia’s Major’.

Tickets are on sale here with early bird promotions available until 12th October. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year at a new location overlooking the 18th green, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please stay tuned to our website or follow our official WeChat account: HSBCChampions

Matsuyama and Johnson Commit Early To 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions

Created on : 31st August 2017

















Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and 2013 Champion Dustin Johnson have confirmed their participation in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions taking place 26 to 29 October at Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai.

Since Matsuyama's triumph at 'Asia's Major' last October when he became the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championship, he has gone from strength to strength, winning four times, including the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open and, earlier this month, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He reached a career high ranking of number two in June and is currently lying in third place on the Official World Golf Rankings.

Matsuyama won last year by a cool seven shots from Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger. His rounds of 66, 65, 68 and 66 took in as many as 29 birdies, and he is relishing a return to Sheshan.

Matsuyama said: "Sheshan has some very special memories for me. It was a great honour to become the first Japanese winner of a World Golf Championships and to do it against such a world-class field was very special. I believe the confidence I gained with such a big victory there has really helped me with my performances this year."

















At the top of the world rankings, Johnson became the only man to have completed the WGC-Slam when he won both the WGC-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play earlier this year.

Johnson, who suffered a back injury following a fall on the eve of this year's Masters, returned to the winning circle last week at the PGA's Northern Trust tournament. He commented: "It is great that Hideki and I hold all the 2017 WGC titles between us, so we will both be gunning to win the final WGC of the year. I really look forward to returning to Shanghai and it always helps to be returning to a course where you have won before. The Chinese fans are awesome and bring a real energy and enthusiasm that always makes it really fun to play there."

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, added: "WGC-HSBC Champions is our flagship event in global golf and an early announcement of two of the world's best players is hugely exciting. Quality of field is the calling card for this tournament which has earned the reputation of 'Asia's Major' and for the past three years we have attracted forty of the world's top fifty golfers. Following recent heroics China's leading players are truly coming of age at just the right time. This event means so much to them. It is their major. It first inspired them into the game then nurtured their skills. Now it gives this new generation a chance to unleash their talents against the world's best. All in front their home fans. It's a mouth-watering prospect."

Ticket sales launch on Sep.1st in www.HSBCgolf.com/buy-tickets-online. From daily passes to weekend family packages, and complimentary entry to juniors 18 and under, there is something for everyone. The popular Pinnacle Club will also return this year, a premium spectator experience for fans looking for an extra special way to enjoy world-class golf. Pinnacle Club guests will be able to enjoy the golf from a high-spec bespoke social and party platform on the golf course, offering excellent views of the action as well as top class hospitality and a unique atmosphere.

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