2016 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions R4 Notes


2016 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

(3rd of 43 events in the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season)


Shanghai, China              

October 27-30  

FedExCup points: 550 (winner)                                

Purse: $9,500,000

Sheshan International Golf Club                                                                                                

Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,199


Final-round notes – Sunday, October 30, 2016


Weather: Mostly cloudy conditions with a high of 64. Wind ENE at 8-12 mph.


Due to wet conditions, preferred lies were used during all four rounds.


The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is the third event in the PGA TOUR’s wraparound schedule that bridges two years with 43 official regular season events and four FedExCup Playoffs events. Over the span of the PGA TOUR season, players vie to become the FedExCup champion, which distinguishes the one player who not only performs well during the PGA TOUR season, but also excels through the four-event FedExCup Playoffs, culminating with the 2017 TOUR Championship.


Final-Round Leaderboard

Player                                     Score                                       Country                Official World Golf Ranking

Hideki Matsuyama            66-65-68-66—265 (-23)                           JPN                        10

Henrik Stenson                   69-71-67-65—272 (-16)                           SWE                       5

Daniel Berger                       66-70-67-69—272 (-16)                          USA                       38


Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama, who began the final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions with a three-shot lead over Russell Knox – matching Dustin Johnson’s 2013 lead as the largest 54-hole lead in tournament history – birdied six holes on Sunday against no bogeys to defeat Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger by seven shots. He played his final 45 holes bogey free.


With his strong performance at the Sheshan International Golf Club, Matsuyama won his third career PGA TOUR event at the age of 24 years, 8 months, 5 days in his 85th start on TOUR, making him the youngest winner of the HSBC Champions.


Matsuyama’s victory earns him 550 FedExCup points to take the lead in the standings in the early part of the 2016-17 season, the first time he has led the FedExCup standings in his career.


The win makes Matsuyama not only the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championships event, but the first Asian to accomplish the feat.


Japanese players to win on the PGA TOUR: Isao Aoki (1983 Sony Open in Hawaii), Shigeki Maruyama (2001 Greater Milwaukee Open, 2002 AT&T Byron Nelson, 2003 Wyndham Championship), Ryuji Imada (2008 AT&T Classic), Hideki Matsuyama (2014 Memorial Tournament, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions).


Matsuyama’s seven-shot win is the largest margin of victory in HSBC Champions history, the previous-best mark of three shots was set by Martin Kaymer in 2011 and Dustin Johnson in 2013. It is also the largest margin of victory on TOUR since Jordan Spieth won the Tournament of Champions by eight shots in January of this year.


Largest margins of victory in World Golf Championships events:

Tournament                                       Winner                                Margin of Victory

Mexico Championship                   Tiger Woods                       8

Bridgestone Invitational               Tiger Woods                       11

HSBC Champions                              Hideki Matsuyama          7


Matsuyama made 29 birdies for the week. This is the third time he went into the final round holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR, his previous best finish a T3 at the 2015 Tournament of Champions. Matsuyama, who finished a career-best 13th in the FedExCup last season, won the Japan Open on the Japan Golf Tour two weeks ago before finishing runner-up to Justin Thomas at last week’s CIMB Classic in his 2016-2017 PGA TOUR season debut. The Japan Open was Matsuyama’s sixth international win.


In Matsuyama’s two previous PGA TOUR victories, the 2014 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, he was third and tied for second heading into the final round in each respective tournament, each of which he won in a playoff.


With his runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic last week, Matsuyama moved to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, marking the first time in his career that the 24 year old has cracked the top 10. At No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Matsuyama is one of the eight players from the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking who played in this week’s HSBC Champions.


Matsuyama defeated Rickie Fowler in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last season on the OGA TOUR. This is his second top-10 finish in a World Golf Championships event in his 14th start and improves on his best finish at the HSBC Champions (T41-2014).


With his final-round 66, Matsuyama has shot in the 60s in each of his last 10 rounds on the PGA TOUR dating back to his second-round 71 at the TOUR Championship. In his last eight rounds, Matsuyama is a combined 43-under-par.


In his first three full seasons on the PGA TOUR, Matsuyama advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs each year, his best finish in the FedExCup this last season when he finished 13th in the final standings.


In this young PGA TOUR season, Matsuyama is the second player to win in his 20s, joining last week’s winner of the CIMB Classic, Justin Thomas. He is also the first 54-hole leader to win on the PGA TOUR this season.


Selected stats:

Fairways Hit: 31/56

Greens in Regulation: 54/72

Total Putts: 106


Full Name: Hideki Matsuyama

Height: 5-11 Weight: 170

Birthday: February 25, 1992

Birthplace: Ehime, Japan

Residence: Sendai, Japan

Family: Single

Turned professional: 2013

Joined PGA TOUR: 2013


Henrik Stenson

Swede Henrik Stenson turned in a machine-like final round, hitting 13 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens enroute to a closing 65, good enough to tie for second, seven shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama.


This is Stenson’s sixth start in the HSBC Champions, his previous-best finish a T11 at last year’s event. The 2016 Open Championship winner has one World Golf Championships victory (2007 Dell Match Play) and five total PGA TOUR wins, including the 2013 FedExCup.


Stenson has 13 additional international victories, including the 2016 BWM International Open on the

European Tour.


Daniel Berger

Playing in his second HSBC Champions (finished T11 last year), the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, Daniel Berger, shot a final-round 69 to finish T2, seven shots behind Matsuyama.


Berger won his first PGA TOUR event during the 2015-16 season, capturing the FedEx St. Jude Classic by three shots over Brooks Koepka. The former Florida State Seminole has qualified for the season-ending TOUR Champion in his first two seasons on TOUR, finishing 11th in the final FedExCup standings in 2014-15 and 26th last season.


This is Berger’s second start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season; he finished T51 in last week’s CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.


Miscellaneous stats

2015-16 FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy closed with a 6-under 66 to finish T4 in his first start since a dramatic final round at the 2016 TOUR Championship, where he defeated Ryan Moore in a playoff to win the tournament and the FedExCup. This was McIlroy’s sixth start in the HSBC Champions, never finishing worse than T11.


Russell Knox, looking to become the second player in PGA TOUR history to successfully defend a World Golf Championships title, began the final round three shots behind Matsuyama and struggled to a final round 74 to finish T9.


Australian Adam Scott, who shot an 8-over 80 in the second round, improved by 16 strokes in the third round, firing an 8-under 64, the lowest round of the day. He continued his strong play in the final round, shooting a 6-under 66 to finish T14.


In the third round, Matt Kuchar made the third ace of his career, and first since 2007, at the par-3 17th hole with a 5-iron, the fourth recorded this season on the PGA TOUR. Due to the deteriorating condition of the back tee, the hole had to be reduced in length to below 200 yards. As this negated the insurance conditions applicable to the hole-in-one prize offering, the prize of a Cadillac CT6 40T Prem was not available in the third round or the final round.


Past HSBC Champions in the field:

Player                                   Year                       Score                     Standing

Sergio Garcia                      2008                       -12                          T9

Francesco Molinari          2010                       -14                          T6

Martin Kaymer                  2011                       E                             T40

Dustin Johnson                 2013                       -1                           T35

Bubba Watson                  2014                       +5                          T54

Russell Knox                       2015                       -12                          T9


Six players representing China are in the field:

Player                                   Score                                     Standing

Wu, Ashun                          -4                                            T23

Dou, Zecheng                    E                                              T40

Li, Hao Tong                        +8                                           T63

Liang, WC                            +2                                           T47

Zhang, Huilin                      +17                                         76

Zhang, Xinjun                    -5                                            T21


Quick review of tournament history:

  • The HSBC Champions was created in November 2005 and became an official European Tour and Asian Tour event beginning in 2006. In 2009, the HSBC Champions was granted World Golf Championships status.
  • Champions include

o   2005 – David Howell

o   2006 – Y.E. Yang

o   2007 – Phil Mickelson

o   2008 – Sergio Garcia

o   2009 – Phil Mickelson

o   2010 – Francesco Molinari

o   2011 – Martin Kaymer

o   2012 – Ian Poulter

o   2013 – Dustin Johnson

o   2014 – Bubba Watson

o   2015 – Russell Knox

o   2016 – Hideki Matsuyama


Scoring averages at the par-72 Sheshan International Golf Club

Front 9          Back 9           Total     

R1:                                          35.719           36.256           71.975

R2:                                          36.595           35.944           72.539

R3:                                          35.604           35.641           71.245

R4:                                          35.949           35.897           71.846

Cumulative:                        35.969           35.935           71.904


Bogey-free rounds:

Round 1: Rickie Fowler (65), Daniel Berger (66), Russell Knox (66), Hideki Matsuyama (66), Francesco Molinari (67), George Coetzee (69), Lee Westwood (69)

Round 2: Martin Kaymer (68)

Round 3: Adam Scott (64), Tyrrell Hatton (67), Hideki Matsuyama (68)

Round 4: Henrik Stenson (65), Matthew Fitzpatrick (65), Hideki Matsuyama (66), Roberto Castro (66), Jhonattan Vegas (66), Rickie Fowler (68), Alex Noren (68)