#HSBCChampions: The Contenders

Wed 26 Oct 2016

#HSBCChampions: The Contenders

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Shanghai, October 26: As the golfing world prepares for the year's final World Golf Championship, we look at the likely contenders for the US$9.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.
Dustin Johnson (Usa)
After a number of near misses, Johnson finally captured his first Major championship at this year’s U.S. Open. That triumph has been the highlight of a brilliant year for the big-hitting American who is now a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour and has won on Tour in each of the last nine seasons – the current longest active streak. Johnson won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2013 and he will be making his fourth appearance at the event in 2016.
World ranking: 2nd
Rory McIlroy (Nir)
Only 27, Rory has already won 21 professional titles worldwide and has spent almost two years at the top of the world rankings. Four of his 21 titles have come in Major Championships and only the Masters remains for him to complete a career Grand Slam. 2016 has seen Rory win twice; once on the PGA Tour and once on the European Tour. McIlroy’s record at the WGC-HSBC Champions has been very impressive as he hasn’t finished below 11th place in five appearances, including three top five finishes.
World Ranking: 3rd
Bubba Watson (Usa)
Watson is a two-time Major Champion and he won the 12th professional title of his career in February this year, at the Northern Trust Open. Both of Bubba’s Major titles have come at the Masters and since winning the second of them in April 2014, Bubba has been a mainstay in the top ten of the world’s golf rankings – he reached a career-high of 2nd in February 2015. The left-handed American represented team USA at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where he recovered from a slow start to finish in a tie for 8th place. Watson won the 2014 edition of the WGC-HSBC Champions and this will be his fifth appearance at the event.
World Ranking: 8th
Scott Hend (Aus)
The big-hitting Australian leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit and will be looking to hit the front as well as at the WGC-HSBC Champions this week. He has already won twice on the Asian Tour this season and is also the most decorated international player with nine victories on the Asian Tour.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 1st