WGC-HSBC Champions 2018 odds: Surprising picks by same model that nailed Brooks Koepka’s CJ Cup victory

The 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions will take place this week at Sheshan Golf Club in China. Everybody from Averages Joes to professional bettors are sizing up the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions field, which includes 19 of the top 30 golfers in the world. Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson, who have both been victorious in this event before, are the co-favorites at 8-1 in the current 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions odds. Newly minted World No. 1 Brooks Koepka sits at 9-1, while four-time major winner Rory McIlroy is going off at 10-1. Before you make any 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions picks or enter a daily fantasy golf tournament on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, you’ll want to hear what the team at SportsLine has to say.

SportsLine’s prediction model, which was built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods‘ deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot. The proprietary computer model has been dead-on recently as well. It was all over Koepka (9-1) winning last week’s CJ Cup, projecting him to finish on top of the leaderboard from the start. Anyone who has followed the model is up huge. 

Now that the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. 

One huge shocker the model is calling for at the WGC-HSBC Champions: Francesco Molinari, a 20-1 long shot, makes a serious run at the title. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. 

Molinari won the WGC-HSBC event in 2010 at Sheshan by one stroke, holding off then-World No. 1 Lee Westwood. He also finished sixth at this event in 2016. He’s shown he can play well at Sheshan and is coming off a season in which he had five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, which included a victory at the British Open. 

Molinari also finished last season ranked inside the top 15 on the PGA Tour in both greens in regulation percentage (70.79) and scoring average (69.797), which should allow him to shoot a low score again this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions 2018.

Another surprise: Jason Day, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, stumbles big-time this week and finishes well outside the top five.

Day earned two victories on the PGA Tour last season, but struggled mightily down the stretch. In fact, he has failed to crack the top 10 in nine of his past 11 starts on the PGA Tour. His poor finishes can be attributed to his greens in regulation percentage (65.99), which ranked 113th on Tour last season. He’s a golfer to steer clear of this week. 

Also, the model says four additional golfers with odds of 18-1 or longer will make a strong run at title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. 

So who wins the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the current 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the full WGC-HSBC Champions projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors and called Brooks Koepka’s win last week, and find out.

Dustin Johnson 8-1
Justin Rose 8-1
Brooks Koepka 9-1
Rory McIlroy 10-1
Jason Day 16-1
Tommy Fleetwood 18-1
Hideki Matsuyama 18-1
Tony Finau 18-1
Francesco Molinari 20-1
Jon Rahm 20-1
Paul Casey 25-1
Tyrrell Hatton 30-1
Alex Noren 35-1
Patrick Cantlay 35-1
Patrick Reed 40-1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 40-1
Cameron Smith 45-1
Adam Scott 50-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 50-1

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