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2016 WGC HSBC ChampionsShanghai, China – The biggest event of the young 2016-2017 PGA Tour season kicks off on Wednesday night, when golf’s best travel to China for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions.

With a strong field that includes FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions promises to add to the growing reputation of the event.

Here’s what you need to do as you get ready for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions.

Last Year

Scotland’s Russell Knox won his first PGA Tour event finishing with a 72-hole total of 268. His final round 68 gave him a two-shot victory over Kevin Kisner, who continued his breakout 2015 season.

Knox picked up a winner’s cheque of $1,400,000.

England’s Danny Willett foreshadowed his Masters victory, shooting a final round 62 to tie for third with countryman Ross Fisher.

American Dustin Johnson and South Africa’s Branden Grace tied for 5th at 272 to complete a stellar top five.

Here are the final results of the 2015 WGC HSBC Champions:

1 Russell Knox 67 65 68 68 268
2 Kevin Kisner 64 66 70 70 270
T3 Danny Willett 65 74 70 62 271
T3 Ross Fisher 69 69 65 68 271
T5 Dustin Johnson 65 71 65 71 272
T5 Branden Grace 63 71 70 68 272
T7 Jordan Spieth 68 72 63 70 273
T7 Patrick Reed 65 70 68 70 273
T7 Li Haotong 66 69 66 72 273
T7 Matthew Fitzpatrick 68 69 69 67 273
T11 Daniel Berger 68 71 69 66 274
T11 Rory McIlroy 68 72 68 66 274
T11 Marc Leishman 69 72 65 68 274
T11 Thongchai Jaidee 72 68 66 68 274
T11 Henrik Stenson 69 72 66 67 274
T11 Sergio Garcia 68 70 68 68 274

The Field for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions

The field for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions includes eight of the Top 10 players in the world, with only world number one, Jason Day, and fourth ranked Jordan Spieth not in the field.

That leaves the number two ranked Dustin Johnson as the top player in the field. The reigning U.S. Open champion was recently named the PGA of America and Razzball.com PGA Tour Player of the Year.

All four of the 2016 major champions are in the field. Johnson is joined by Masters champion Danny Willett, Open champion Henrik Stenson and PGA winner Jimmy Walker.

Past Champions in the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions Field

In addition to defending champion Russell Knox, five other former winners are in the field for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions.

Among the players who have hoisted the championship trophy are 2014 champion Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson (2013), Martin Kaymer (2011), Francesco Molinari (2010) and Sergio Garcia, the winner in 2008.

The most notable past champion not in the field is hall of famer, Phil Mickelson, a winner here in 2007 and 2009.

Hottest Players in the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions Field

According to the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings (RFGR), here at the hottest players in the field for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions:

POS NAT PLAYER RFGR OWGR
1 ENG Paul Casey 1 13
2 NIR Rory McIlroy 2 3
3 USA Justin Thomas 3 21
4 USA Dustin Johnson 4 2
5 AUS Adam Scott 5 6
6 USA Ryan Moore 6 33
7 JPN Hideki Matsuyama 7 10
8 AUT Bern Wiesberger 8 47
9 SWE Alex Noren 9 18
10 FRA Alexander Levy 10 98
11 USA Patrick Reed 11 7
12 USA Kevin Chappell 12 28

2016 WGC HSBC Champions – Our Picks

Here are the players we feel have the best chance of winning the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions:

1. Rory McIlroy – New Driver in the bag but seems to have taken it to a new level.

2. Paul Casey – Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Will end seven year drought soon.

3. Dustin Johnson – Past winner always plays well in China.

4. Patrick Reed – Ryder Cup hero always in contention.

5. Bubba Watson  – 2014 champ trying to forget disappointing 2015-2016 season

6. Adam Scott  – 6th ranked player in the world got back in the winner’s circle in 2016.

2016 WGC HSBC  Champions – Sleepers

Here are players who might not get the attention but could be big contenders at the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions:

1. Justin Thomas – Last week’s winner on tour on the verge of stardom

2. Alex Noren – Swede has won three times in his last nine starts.

3. Ryan Moore – PGA Tour playoffs and Ryder Cup performance have him at a different level.

4. Hideki Matsuyama – Hard to call the #10 player in the world a sleeper, but won’t get deserved attention.

5. Tyrell Hatton  – Young Englishmen is a recent winner on the Euro Tour.

6. Emiliano Grillo – Young Argentine has a game designed for big events.

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