|Established||2005, 17 years ago
WGC event since 2009
|Course(s)||Sheshan Golf Club|
|Length||7,266 yards (6,644 m)|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||264 Dustin Johnson (2013)|
|To par||−24 Dustin Johnson (2013)|
|2016 WGC-HSBC Champions|
The WGC-HSBC Champions is a professional golf tournament, held annually in China. Inaugurated in 2005, the first seven editions were played at the Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, then moved to the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen in for a single year in 2012. It returned to Sheshan Golf Club in 2013.
Since 2009, it has been a World Golf Championships event. Played in November, it is the fourth tournament on the WGC calendar along with the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational events, all in the United States. The field consists primarily of players who have won the top rated tournaments since the previous WGC-HSBC tournament, supplemented by other leading players in the world rankings and money lists of the major tours.
The WGC-HSBC Champions has the highest prize money in East Asia. Originally it was US$5 million, and grew to 7 million when it got WGC status and 8.5 million in 2013. Only the CIMB Classic and BMW Masters have had similar purses in the region.
Originally, the event was sanctioned by four —the European, the Asian, and Sunshine Tours and the PGA Tour of Australasia— of the six constituent tours of International Federation of PGA Tours at that time. Invitations were issued to all players placed amongst the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Also invited were players who had, during the calendar year preceding the event, captured at least one tournament title on a sanctioning tour, or had finished the preceding season amongst the top twenty in the European Tour's Race to Dubai (the Order of Merit standings through 2008) or amongst the top five in the Order of Merit standings of any of the other three sanctioning tours. Players who had finished first in the Order of Merit standings in any of three developmental tours—the Von Nida and Challenge Tours and the winter swing of the Sunshine Tour—were also invited. Finally, starting berths were also reserved for eight Chinese amateur and professional players to be selected by tournament organizers and sponsors, whether by qualifying tournament or not.
WGC event 2009
The event became a World Golf Championship in 2009 on the European Tour. The field consists primarily of winners of the most important tournaments around the world since the previous WGC-HSGC Champions tournament. Each of the six member tours are allocated a certain number of tournaments from their tour (from 4 to 20), although these tournament must meet a minimum entry requirement. Co-sanctioned tournaments are assigned to one tour only.
The tournaments are ranked using the Official World Golf Ranking strength of field ("total event ranking"). Tournaments must have a minimum event ranking of 40. The ranking is based on the previous year's event ranking so that the list of qualifying events can be determined in advance. New events can be included if they are expected to have an event ranking of at least 40.
Further players gain entry through their position in the current seasons Order of Merit. Six players from China are selected while any player ranked in the world top 50 is also given an entry. If the field size is less than 78, further entries are selected from winners of additional tournaments not already considered, players ranked outside the world top 50, and the players further down the Order of Merit lists.
The tournament was the second event of the European Tour Final Series from 2013 to 2015.
The current qualification categories (as of 2015) are as follows:
- Winners of the four major championships and The Players Championship
- Winners of the four World Golf Championships
- Top 50 in the OWGR
- Top 30 players from the FedEx Cup (minimum of 5; if necessary to satisfy minimum of 5, players from position 31 or lower on 2014–15 FedEx Cup list will be selected)
- Top 30 players from the Race to Dubai
- Top 4 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit
- Top 2 players from the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit
- Top 2 players from the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
- Top 2 players from the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
- Six players from China
- Alternates (see 2015 list)
PGA Tour status
From 2010 to 2012 this was an unofficial money event on the PGA Tour. This meant that money won did not count towards the PGA Tour list. However the wins of Francesco Molinari in 2010, Martin Kaymer in 2011 and Ian Poulter in 2012 are counted as PGA Tour wins because these players all held PGA Tour cards at the time they won the event. The Runners-up finishes were not credited to the PGA Tour during this period as it was an unofficial event. Between 2010 and 2012 Runners-up finishes counted towards the European Tour.
|Year||Winner||Country||Score||To par||Margin of
|2015||Russell Knox||Scotland||268||−20||2 strokes||Kevin Kisner||1,400,000||8,500,000|
|2014||Bubba Watson||United States||277||−11||Playoff
|2013||Dustin Johnson||United States||264||−24||3 strokes||Ian Poulter||1,400,000||8,500,000|||
|2012||Ian Poulter||England||267||−21||2 strokes|| Jason Dufner
|2011||Martin Kaymer||Germany||268||−20||3 strokes||Fredrik Jacobson||1,200,000||7,000,000|||
|2010||Francesco Molinari||Italy||269||−19||1 stroke||Lee Westwood||1,200,000||7,000,000|||
|2009||Phil Mickelson (2)||United States||271||−17||1 stroke||Ernie Els||1,200,000||7,000,000|||
|2008 (2009)||Sergio García||Spain||274||−14||Playoff
|2007 (2008)||Phil Mickelson||United States||278||−10||Playoff
| Ross Fisher
|2006 (2007)||Yang Yong-eun||South Korea||274||−14||2 strokes|| Retief Goosen
|2005 (2006)||David Howell||England||268||−20||3 strokes||Tiger Woods||833,300||5,000,000|||
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- Official site
- Coverage on Asian Tour's official site
- Coverage on European Tour's official site
- Coverage on PGA Tour's official site
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