THIS WEEK: WGC-HSBC Champions, Shanghai, Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai (Par 72, 7,261 yards)
Purse: $10.25M (Winner: $1.845M)
Defending champion: Xander Schauffele
FedEx Cup leader: Lanto Griffin
TV: Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m. ET (Golf Channel).
NOTES: This is a no-cut event featuring 78 players. … It is the final of three events on the Asia swing. … No. 1 Brooks Koepka and No. 6 Woods are not playing this week, but 17 of the top 30 players in the official world golf rankings will play this week. That includes No. 2 Rory McIlroy, No. 9 Schauffele and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama – coming off a second-place finish that saw him rise five more spots to No. 22. … 2017 winner Justin Rose is making his 2019-20 season debut. … Sheshan was ranked as the third-most difficult course on the PGA Tour last season and featured the toughest par 3, par 4 and par 5 on Tour. … The field will feature six Chinese golfers, including Xinjun Zhang, who led the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular-season points list. … Phil Mickelson will be competing in China for the first time since 2017.
BEST BETS: McIlroy (+600 by DraftKings) made his season debut last week, leading the field in par-5 scoring in finishing third. He has two T10s and a T11 in four previous starts at Sheshan. … Matsuyama (+1200) has a T16, a T3 and a solo second in his past three starts. Oh, and he won this event in 2016. … Schauffele (+1600) played last week and shot a final-round 68 to catch Tony Finau last year. … No one boasts Rose’s (+1800) resume on this course. The Englishman won the event in 2017, finished third in his title defense and also has a fifth-place finish on the course in 2013. … Reigning Rookie of the Years Sungjae Im (+3500) will break through sooner than later, and he’s coming off a T3 at the ZOZO. … Henrik Stenson (+3500) finished T2 in his last two starts at Sheshan – but is the form there as he transitions away from his trusty 3-wood?
THIS WEEK: Bermuda Championship, Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Port Royal GC, Southampton, Bermuda (Par 71, 6,842 yards)
Defending champion: Inaugural event
TV: Thursday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, 1:30-4:30pm ET; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).
NOTES: This is an alternate-event tournament, with the winner earning 300 FedEx Cup points. … The field includes Griffin, 2018 Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise and major champions David Love III, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir. … Love III is playing on the PGA Tour for the first time since the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after failing to advance in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs on the Champions tour.
BEST BETS: Scottie Scheffler (+1600) began the season with a part of T7s that vaulted him inside the Top 100. He was a two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour last season … Russell Knox (+1800) is not in China, where he won in 2015, and has one of the strongest resumes in this field. … Branden Grace (+3300) brings good odds for a player of his caliber. He has fallen from the top 50 to No. 111 in the world and enters with only one top-30 result in his past 16 events.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Nov. 14-17
LAST TOURNAMENT: The ZOZO Championship (Tiger Woods)