WGC-HSBC Champions 2017 Live Stream Online. WGC HSBC Champions Tee times, TV schedule, and how to watch Round by Round Free live coverage from Sheshan International Golf Club Shanghai, Shanghai, China.Watch Now
World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions,
The World Golf Championships, in theory, make a lot of sense. It’s an opportunity for the multiple tours across the world to hold joint events and showcase the game in a series of tournaments that are supposed to be more prominent than your week-to-week grinds. They should occupy their own space — not nearly as important as a major, but with loaded fields and big purses that make them worth watching and more important than other tournaments. It seems like an easy win. They should be an unqualified success.
Well, the fields are loaded and the cash is immense, but they still lack sizzle, especially among the diehards who follow golf closely and would want to get up for these kind of enhanced tournaments. One reason is they’re “world” golf championships in name, but it’s a U.S.-dominated series. Only one of the four events, until this year’s move from Miami’s Doral to Mexico City, was held outside the United States. The PGA Tour, the American-based operation, also controls them and while they count as European Tour events, there’s a clear understanding that it’s a PGA Tour show (that was obvious last year when the two could not agree on a date during the Olympics summer, and the Euro Tour just went ahead and held its prominent French Open the same week as the WGC Bridgestone in Akron).
Overall, they just still carry the vibe of sanitized no-cut money baths that have minimal authenticity and no history. The players will always show up because there’s just too much cash on the line and you get free world rankings points. Just by playing, you’re going to take home a nice paycheck and a bump in world ranking points, even if you finish dead last by almost 50 shots (as Steven Bowditch did last year at Doral).
This week is the traditional WGC event that’s always taken place outside the United States, the WGC HSBC Champions. It’s held at Sheshan International in Shanghai, which has become the annual home to this event. It’s the biggest event in Asia, one that HSBC backers wanted to make the continent’s “major.” The purse used to be slightly smaller than the other three WGC events, but it is now even with those three other championships ($9.75 million).
These fall months after FedExCup are referred to as the “silly season,” when players go for cash grabs and play different formats across the globe. The PGA Tour has tried, and rightly so, to use the time to gain a foothold in Asia and promote the game in some of those nations. We now have what’s unofficially called the “Asia swing” with the Tour bouncing from Malaysia to last week’s inaugural CJ Cup in Korea, the first ever PGA Tour event in that country, and concluding with this week’s WGC in China.Watch Now