Before we return to the states, we stop in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions, which will be the most loaded field we’ve had in the 2019 PGA season. We didn’t land a winner last week in the CJ Cup, but four of the five golfers we listed finished in the top-25, so we do have our pulse on the field right now.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Justin Rose - Justin Rose hasn’t played since the Ryder Cup, but he’s been quite a tear recently, finishing inside the top-five in each of his last three events and almost never missing a cut. Rose finished last season second in both birdie average and scoring average. Rose also won this event last year while having top-10 finishes in 2013 and 2011. While Rose is one of the favorites to win this week, there’s still value at +800 odds given his current form and his history at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Tony Finau - Tony Finau is another player who is well rested for this event, and he’s finished double-digit strokes under par in four of his last seven tournaments. It’s been a while since Finau has had a poor showing, and he hasn’t missed a cut since the FedEx St. Jude Classic back in June. Finau finished last season fourth in driving distance, 11th in birdie average and 10th in scoring average. Finau finished 11th at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year in his only appearance. Finau and +1800 odds is a solid play.
Paul Casey - Paul Casey has started the season with a combined 26 strokes under par and has finished at least four strokes under par in each of his last five events. Casey also has just two missed cuts since last February and has produced top-25 finishes in each of his last five appearances at the WGC-HSBC Champions. You can argue nobody has the experience and consistent success at this event the way Casey has over the years. It’s hard to turn down Casey this week and odds of +2500.
Tyrrell Hatton - Tyrrell Hatton has been at least eight strokes under par in each of his last five events and has produced top-20 finishes in each of his last four events. While the victories haven’t come yet, Hatton has quietly been one of the more consistent players over the last couple of months and is starting to earn some betting value. Hatton finished 11th at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year and has an average finish of 17th in his last two appearances. Hatton and +3000 odds is a nice under the radar play.
Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson has finished at least six strokes under par in each of his last seven events and has finished inside the top-10 in seven of his last 10 events in which he’s made the cut. Johnson also finished last season ranked sixth in driving distance, first in birdie average and first in scoring average. If that weren’t enough, Johnson finished runner-up at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year, finished sixth in 2013 and won it in 2013. Getting Johnson at +800 odds is always a strong play simply due to him being in the thick of things every time he hits the green.