WGC-HSBC Champions

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WGC-HSBC Champions
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Tournament information
Location Shanghai, China
Established2005, 16 years ago
WGC event since 2009
Course(s) Sheshan Golf Club
Par72
Length7,261 yards (6,639 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour (since 2013)
European Tour (since 2005)
Asian Tour (since 2009)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $10,250,000
Month playedOctober
Tournament record score
Aggregate264 Dustin Johnson (2013)
To par−24 as above
Current champion
Ulster Banner.svg Rory McIlroy
Location Map
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Sheshan Golf Club
Location in China
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Sheshan Golf Club
Location in Shanghai

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 for a single year in 2012. It returned to Sheshan Golf Club in 2013.

Contents

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-Dell Match Play, the WGC-Mexico Championship, and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational events, all in North America. [1] 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 in 2005, it was US$5 million, and grew to US$7 million when it got WGC status in 2009, US$8.5 million in 2013 and as of 2019, the prize money is US$10.25 million. Only the CIMB Classic, CJ Cup, Zozo Championship and BMW Masters have had similar purses in the region.

Field

2005–2008

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-HSBC 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.

Current qualifications

The current qualification categories are as follows: [2]

  1. Winners of the four major championships and The Players Championship
  2. Winners of the four World Golf Championships
  3. Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of two weeks prior the start of the event
  4. Top 30 available players from the final FedEx Cup Points List (if less than 5 players are available, players from position 31 or lower will be selected to fill in)
  5. Top 30 available players from the Race to Dubai Ranking as of one week prior the start of the event
  6. Top 4 available players from the Asian Tour ad hoc qualifying ranking
  7. Top 2 available players from the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit as of one week prior the start of the event
  8. Top 2 available players from the final PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
  9. Top 2 available players from the final Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
  10. Six players from China
  11. Alternates

PGA Tour status

From 2009 to 2012 the WGC-HSBC Champions was an unofficial money event on the PGA Tour, meaning that prize money did not count towards the PGA Tour money list or Fed-Ex Cup points standings. Since 2010, victories have counted as official wins for PGA Tour members, and as such Phil Mickelson's victory in 2009 is not counted as an official win. During this time only Ian Poulter (2012) was a PGA Tour member at the time of his win; Martin Kaymer (2011) and Francesco Molinari (2010) did not join the tour until 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Since 2013, the WGC-HSBC Champions has been an official PGA Tour event, with the winner receiving a three-year exemption on the tour. [3]

Winners

World Golf Championship including official PGA Tour and European Tour status2016–2019
World Golf Championship including official PGA Tour status and European Tour "Final Series" status2013–2015
World Golf Championship with unofficial [lower-alpha 1] PGA Tour status [lower-alpha 2] and official European Tour status2009–2012
European Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, and Sunshine Tour event2005–2008
#YearWinnerScoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-upPurse ($)Winner's
share ($)
VenueRef.
WGC-HSBC Champions
2020Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [4]
15th 2019 Ulster Banner.svg Rory McIlroy 269−19Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Xander Schauffele 10,250,0001,745,000 Sheshan, Shanghai
14th 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Xander Schauffele 274−14Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Tony Finau 10,000,0001,700,000 Sheshan, Shanghai
13th 2017 Flag of England.svg Justin Rose 274−142 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dustin Johnson
Flag of the United States.svg Brooks Koepka
Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson
9,750,0001,660,000 Sheshan, Shanghai
12th 2016 Flag of Japan.svg Hideki Matsuyama 265−237 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Daniel Berger
Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson
9,500,0001,620,000 Sheshan, Shanghai
11th 2015 Flag of Scotland.svg Russell Knox 268−202 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Kisner 8,500,0001,400,000 Sheshan, Shanghai
10th 2014 Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson 277−11Playoff Flag of South Africa.svg Tim Clark 8,500,0001,400,000 Sheshan, Shanghai
9th 2013 Flag of the United States.svg Dustin Johnson 264−243 strokes Flag of England.svg Ian Poulter 8,500,0001,400,000 Sheshan, Shanghai [5]
8th 2012 Flag of England.svg Ian Poulter [lower-alpha 2] 267−212 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jason Dufner
Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els
Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson
Flag of the United States.svg Scott Piercy
7,000,0001,200,000 Mission Hills, Shenzhen [6]
7th 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Martin Kaymer 268−203 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Freddie Jacobson 7,000,0001,200,000 Sheshan, Shanghai [7]
6th 2010 Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Molinari 269−191 stroke Flag of England.svg Lee Westwood 7,000,0001,200,000 Sheshan, Shanghai [8]
5th 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson (2)271−171 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els 7,000,0001,200,000 Sheshan, Shanghai [9]
HSBC Champions
4th2008 Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García 274−14Playoff Flag of England.svg Oliver Wilson 5,000,000833,300 Sheshan, Shanghai [10]
3rd2007 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson 278−10Playoff Flag of England.svg Ross Fisher
Flag of England.svg Lee Westwood
5,000,000833,300 Sheshan, Shanghai [11]
2nd2006 Flag of South Korea.svg Yang Yong-eun 274−142 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods 5,000,000833,300 Sheshan, Shanghai [12]
1st2005 Flag of England.svg David Howell 268−203 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods 5,000,000833,300 Sheshan, Shanghai [13]
  1. Unofficial status means it was sanctioned by the tour, but did not form part of the official schedule, so wins and prize money were not official, and the event did not earn FedEx Cup points.
  2. 1 2 From 2010–12, wins in the WGC-HSBC Champions were counted as official PGA Tour wins if the winner was a PGA Tour member. Ian Poulter fulfilled this criteria, Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari did not.

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