WGC-HSBC Champions TV Schedule, Tee Times, Odds: Big Names are in the Field this Week

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WGC-HSBC Champions TV Schedule, Tee Times, Odds: Big Names are in the Field this Week

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WGC-HSBC Champions TV Schedule, Tee Times, Odds: Big Names are in the Field this Week

Well it’s here, the first big-ish tournament of the season, the World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. As the first of four WGC events, this one boasts a talented field as 40 of the top 50 golfers in the world will tee it up. This is definitely the best tournament of the 2016-2017 season thus far. Of course it is only the third week of the wrap-around season and Tiger Woods didn’t show up for the Safeway Open, so the first two tournaments have kind of gone by the wayside.

Rory McIlroy, who has won two WGC events, shared some good insight into why he believes Tiger has been able to win so many WGC events (18) over the course of his career.

“I know Tiger’s won like 18 of these things, I’m not sure. Second place is probably down around three or four. It would be nice to try and move up that list a little bit, too.”

“Honestly, I think [he won so many] because of the no-cut format. I think that’s probably a big thing to do with it. You play with a little more freedom,” McIlroy explained. “I never want to criticize Tiger’s game at all, but if there was one thing or one negative you would say about him was that he probably wasn’t the fastest starter in the world in normal golf tournaments.”

Realizing that many will take his comments and make a mountain out of a molehill with them, he clarified by adding this 100 percent correct assumption:

“Can I just add one more thing to why he won so many? Because he was the best. There’s another reason.”

If you want to watch this one live, you’ll have to stay up pretty late because it doesn’t air until 11 p.m. on the East coast.

TV Schedule

Wednesday: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM (Golf Channel)
Thursday: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM (Golf Channel)
Friday: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM (Golf Channel)

Odds via Sportsbook.ag

Rory McIlroy +500
Dustin Johnson +550
Henrik Stenson +1600
Hideki Matsuyama +1900
Paul Casey +1900
Adam Scott +2000
Justin Thomas +2500
Patrick Reed +2800
Sergio Garcia +2800
 Brooks Koepka +3000
 Bubba Watson +3000
Martin Kaymer +3000
Thomas Pieters +3000
Rickie Fowler +3500
Russell Knox +3500

Tee Times

First Tee
8:50 PM Dean Burmester Hui-lin Zhang Jordan Zunic
9:00 PM Shih-chang Chan Soomin Lee Richard Sterne
9:10 PM Zhang Xinjun Gregory Bourdy Nathan Holman
9:20 PM Miguel Tabuena Younghan Song Marcus Fraser
9:30 PM Liang Wen-chong Bradley Dredge Jason Kokrak
9:40 PM Joost Luiten Jhonattan Vegas Andrew Johnston
9:50 PM Matt Fitzpatrick Gary Woodland Si Woo Kim
10:00 PM Dou Zecheng Jacques Blaauw Matthew Millar
10:10 PM Jeunghun Wang Richard Bland George Coetzee
10:20 PM Hideto Tanihara Sean O’Hair Alex Levy
10:30 PM Thongchai Jaidee Ross Fisher Rikard Karlberg
10:40 PM Scott Hend Roberto Castro Soren Kjeldsen
10:50 PM Lee Westwood Bernd Wiesberger K.T. Kim
Tenth Tee
8:50 PM Martin Kaymer Byeong-hun An Kevin Kisner
9:00 PM Kevin Na Thomas Pieters Bill Haas
9:10 PM Tyrrell Hatton Scott Piercy Daniel Berger
9:20 PM Emiliano Grillo Alex Noren Chris Wood
9:30 PM Matt Kuchar Danny Willett J.B. Holmes
9:40 PM Rickie Fowler Paul Casey Russell Knox
9:50 PM Dustin Johnson Henrik Stenson Patrick Reed
10:00 PM Wu Ashun Shane Lowry Francesco Molinari
10:10 PM Ryan Moore Justin Thomas Li Hao-tong
10:20 PM Charl Schwartzel Kevin Chappell Rafa Cabrera Bello
10:30 PM Hideki Matsuyama Louis Oosthuizen Brooks Koepka
10:40 PM Branden Grace Sergio Garcia Jimmy Walker
10:50 PM Rory McIlroy Adam Scott Bubba Watson

My Picks

Here we go again. I took the first two weeks off, mainly from Tiger withdrawal depression, but now that we’re starting up with the first WGC event, it’s time to get back to it. So, presented this week without explaination, here are my top five picks:

  1. Rory McIlroy
  2. Dustin Johnson
  3. Sergio Garcia
  4. Henrik Stenson
  5. Hideki Matsuyama

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