The two ‘bestest friends in the whole wide world’ tee it up in China this week as Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson head the market for the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
With Koepka taking over the World No. 1 mantle from his best bud after his latest victory in Korea, the most in-form player on the planet could go one better than his runner-up berth with DJ behind Justin Rose last season.
As ever, and fresh from his ‘Sergio Garcia is an absolute banker’ call last week, the Racing Post’s Steve Palmer is joined by Paddy Power’s Iain McLoughlin to try and find the outright winner and some value plays (below) across both tournaments this week.
Steve Palmer: Xander Schauffele was over looked for a Ryder Cup spot and has a couple of high-placed finish in the Majors. The bookmakers are disrespecting him in the market too after he finished mid-division at the HSBC. At 45/1 he looks to be peaking for a big performance this week and Paddy’s paying 7 places.
Iain McLoughlin: Rory McIlroy looks the likely winner to me and has been posting some impressive figures since the end of May. He’s some really impressive form figures on six starts at Sheshan read 4-5-4-6-11-4 and at 8/1 looks one of the bets of the week.
Iain McLoughlin: Australian Aaron Baddeley (22/1) had been in poor form up until the end of July but has had six top 25 finishes and just one missed cut in eight events since then. He’s finished fourth (2015) and 30th (let himself down at the weekend) last year and looks a player in what is a very open contest so we’re paying 7 places also.
Steve Palmer: Baddeley’s compatriot Cameron Davis is a young Aussie going places and has progressed nicely through the ranks., winning the Nashville Open on the Web.com Tour. He has a future in the game and could get an early win on the board this week.
*Prices correct at time of publishing