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DATES: Thursday, November 1st through Sunday, November 4th
SITE: Mission Hills Golf Club (Olazabal Course), Shenzhen, China
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jose Maria Olazabal (2003)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,301
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 447 Yds10 - Par 4 408 Yds
2 - Par 3 175 Yds11 - Par 5 568 Yds
3 - Par 5 548 Yds12 - Par 4 457 Yds
4 - Par 4 405 Yds13 - Par 3 241 Yds
5 - Par 3 176 Yds14 - Par 4 401 Yds
6 - Par 4 456 Yds15 - Par 5 580 Yds
7 - Par 5 566 Yds16 - Par 4 432 Yds
8 - Par 3 214 Yds17 - Par 3 197 Yds
9 - Par 5 573 Yds18 - Par 4 457 Yds
36 3,560 Yds36 3,741 Yds
Annual:  8th
Television:  Golf Channel - Wednesday/Saturday -- 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Martin Kaymer
Runner-Up:  Fredrik Jacobson
Tournament Record:  268 (David Howell, 2005; Martin Kaymer, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  200 (David Howell, 2005; Fredrik Jacobson, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  132 (David Howell, Nick Dougherty, 2005)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Daisuke Maruyama, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, 2009;
  Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, 2011 - Sheshan G.C.)
Total Purse:  $7,000,000
Payouts:  1st Place - $1,200,000; 2nd Place - $675,000; 3rd Place - $430,000
2011 Finish
Martin Kaymer268Charl Schwartzel273
Fredrik Jacobson271Hunter Mahan274
Graeme McDowell272Louis Oosthuizen274
Paul Casey273Justin Rose274
Rory McIlroy273Jhonattan Vegas275
Past WGC - HSBC Champions Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Martin Kaymer (268) -- Fredrik Jacobson
2010Francesco Molinari (269) -- Lee Westwood
2009Phil Mickelson (271) -- Ernie Els
2008*Sergio Garcia (274) -- Oliver Wilson
2007*Phil Mickelson (278) -- Lee Westwood, Ross Fisher
2006Yong-Eun Yang (274) -- Tiger Woods
2005David Howell (268) -- Tiger Woods

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Martin Kaymer---------T-20T-6T-30Won
Graeme McDowell39th------T-16---T-343rd
Louis Oosthuizen---T-6211thT-16---T-72T-7
Justin Rose------------------T-7
Adam Scott---------T-6---T-25T-11
Lee WestwoodT-12---T-2---T-82ndT-13
Ian PoulterT-19T-31T-38T-14T-45T-13T-13
Keegan Bradley------------------T-16
Nicolas Colsaerts------------------T-20
Yuta Ikeda------------T-51T-30T-29
Francesco Molinari---T-9------T-10WonT-23
Ernie Els------T-21---2ndT-6T-33
Peter HansonT-19---T-33T-3T-31T-6T-33
Nick Watney------------5thT-21T-33
Bill Haas---------------T-21T-42
Alvaro Quiros------mc10thT-8T-53T-49
Paul Lawrie11th---------------T-49
Luke Donald---T-14---------T-3---
Carl Pettersson---------------T-39---
Phil Mickelson------WonT-8WonT-41---
Jason Dufner------------T-40------
G. Fdez-CastanoT-32T-47T-38T-43T-45------
Robert Garrigus---------------------
Branden Grace---------------------
Dustin Johnson---------------------
Bubba Watson---------------------
Brandt Snedeker---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald
Darkhorse - Shane Lowry
Last Week's Pick to Win - PGA Tour (Tiger Woods) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse - PGA Tour (Brendon de Jonge) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Pick to Win - European (Rory McIlroy) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse - European (Ross Fisher) - Finished tied for 20th
The PGA Tour and European Tour travel to Asia this week for the World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China. Many of the best players in the world are on hand this week, with 13 of the top 20 in the world rankings in the field.

World No. 3 Luke Donald is the highest ranked player in the field. He is joined by his Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Peter Hanson, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts and defending champion Martin Kaymer.

The top American in the field is world No. 8 and Masters champion Bubba Watson. He is joined by fellow Americans Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Phil Mickelson.

Hanson has won two of his last three events on the European Tour, including last week at the BMW Masters, where he held off world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Donald finished third last week.

Watney, meanwhile, won the CIMB Classic on the PGA Tour last week after firing a 61 in the final round.

This is the eighth staging of this tournament, but fourth as part of the PGA Tour. It is also the fourth year that the event is part of the World Golf Championships. The other WGC events are the Match Play Championship, Cadillac Championship and Bridgestone Invitational.

Mission Hills Golf Club is hosting the tournament for the first time. The previous seven editions were held at Sheshan International Golf Club. Mission Hills hosted the World Cup from 2007-09.

Last year, Kaymer birdied nine of the final 12 holes in the final round to rally and win. Kaymer fired a 9-under 63 at Sheshan International Golf Club to match the course record. The German ended at 20-under-par 268, which matched the tournament scoring record that David Howell established in 2005 -- the first year of the event. Kaymer's 5-shot comeback on the final day was the largest-ever in a WGC tournament.

Francesco Molinari opened with a 65 in 2010 and led wire-to-wire, holding off Lee Westwood by one shot to win. Molinari finished at 19-under-par 269 to capture his first World Golf Championships title and second victory on the European Tour. Molinari was the first player to win this tournament in wire- to-wire fashion.

In 2009, Mickelson fired four rounds in the 60s to hold off Ernie Els and win. Mickelson, who also won this title in 2007, completed the event at 17-under- par 271. It was Mickelson's second WGC victory of 2009, as he also captured the Cadillac Championship.

Mickelson did something he hadn't done in 14 years back in 2007: he won on foreign soil. It was Mickelson's first victory outside of the United States since he won the 1993 Perrier Open, a European Challenge Tour event.

David Howell shot four rounds in the 60s in 2005, closing with a 4-under 68 in the final round to cruise to a 3-stroke win over Tiger Woods at the inaugural tournament. Howell finished the event at 20-under-par 268.

Woods has dominated the World Golf Championships. In 39 career starts he has 16 wins and 32 top-10 finishes. In all, Woods has earned $22,582,889 in his 39 WGC appearances.

The PGA Tour heads to Nevada on November 6 for the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, where the Champions Tour will defend its title. The European Tour travels to Singapore next week for the Barclays Singapore Open, where Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano captured the 2011 title.

10/31 10:25:27 ET

As of October 31, 2012, at 10:25 AM ET