The first World Golf Championship event of the young PGA Tour season gets underway in Shanghai, China this week when the 2018 edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions takes place at Sheshan Golf Club. When it comes to odds lists, Dustin Johnson is the favorite to take home the hardware.
Sportsbook has Johnson as the +750 front-runner, with Brooks Koepka (+850), Justin Rose (+1100), Rory McIlroy (+1100), Jason Day (+1600), Tommy Fleetwood (+2000), Hideki Matsuyama (+2200), Jon Rahm (+2200), Tony Finau (+2500) and Francesco Molinari (+2800) rounding out the top 10.
Plenty of talent descending on Shanghai
Five years after capturing his first WGC-HSBC title, Johnson is back for another shot at a second. McIlroy is returning to the tournament after taking a year off, as the field has four of the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking. Nineteen of the top 30 in the rankings will be teeing it up in Asia. The Sportsbook receives 550 FedExCup points.
Rose, the defending champion, found himself six shots behind leader Dustin Johnson with eight holes to play in 2017 before rattling off six birdies in the closing stretch on the way to a 67 on Sunday. Johnson’s six-stroke lead saw him join Greg Norman (1996 Masters) and Sergio Garcia (2005 Wells Fargo Championship) for the biggest final-round lead surrendered in PGA Tour history.
All but two of the previous HSBC Champions Sportsbooks have come from no lower than 30th in the world rankings.
Higher-tier players have a habit of producing at the event, as all but two of the previous 12 HSBC Champions Sportsbooks have come from no lower than 30th in the world rankings, with Y.E. Yang (77th in 2006) and Russell Knox (85th in 2015) as the exceptions. The HSBC Champions is the conclusion of the tour’s three-week Asia Swing, as action returns to North America next week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
The course, a 7,261-yard par 72, is one of the most exclusive clubs in China and has hosted the tournament every year in its 14-year existence, outside of a 2012 appearance in Mission Hills. Martin Kaymer (2013) and Danny Willett (2015) hold the 18-hole record of 62, while Johnson’s 264 effort in 2013 remains the 72-hole record.
Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds. Who are you putting your money on?