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#1 zakkozuchowski

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:18 AM

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World's best go to Mission Hills for WGC-HSBC Champions

By Tim Hartin

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The world’s best golfers continue their international fall schedule on Thursday, as a field of 78 prepare to battle in China for the prestigious title of the 2012 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. The tournament’s reputation has steadily developed since its inaugural playing in 2005 and has become even more notable since earning the World Golf Championship tag in 2009.

As with every World Golf Championships event, the HSBC Champions entertains an exclusive field. This year’s edition features seven of the top 10 players from the Official World Golf Ranking. A pair of current major champions (Ernie Els, Bubba Watson), two 2012 World Golf Championships winners (Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose) and 16 Ryder Cup members practically make the field a who’s who of 2012, with World No. 1 and No. 2 being the most notable players absent.

One player who meets a pair of the previous descriptors is Martin Kaymer, who also serves as this week’s defending champion. Last year, Kaymer carded a final-round of 9-under 63 to win his first World Golf Championships event. However, the German won’t be able to draw good vibes from the golf course he won on one year ago. After each of its first seven years were contested at Sheshan International Golf Club, the 2012 HSBC Champions takes place on the Olazabal Course at China’s Mission Hills .

Aside from being part of the famed Mission Hills, golf fans may recognize the course from its hosting of multiple World Cup tournaments, most recently being 2009. The Olazabal Course is the longest of the 12 courses that Mission Hills boasts. At 7,301 yards, the par-72 will surely cater to the long hitters, but also requires an element of accuracy with its 151 bunkers and greens averaging 5,700 square feet. Rolling fairways, doglegs, five par 3s and five par 5s add to the unique characteristics of the Olazabal Course, ensuring yet another entertaining week of golf on the world stage.

The par-5 15th hole is the course’s longest at 580 yards and serves as the signature hole. Featuring a bunker-surrounded green and bunker-lined fairways, sand entraps the eye but water also stands as a costly hazard. Long hitters can get home in two, but have to carry the water, which is described as a reservoir, nearly the entire distance.

Francesco Molinari may have the best previous experience on the Olazabal Course, having won the 2009 World Cup with his brother Edoardo. The Italian duo finished 29-under-par for the event, playing two rounds of better ball and two rounds of alternate shot. Molinari is also a past HSBC Champions winner, as he took the title in 2010.

The tournament’s only two-time winner is Phil Mickelson (2007, 2009), who returns to the HSBC Champions after skipping last year’s playing. Mickelson is teeing it up for the first time since the Ryder Cup and is seeking the fourth World Golf Championships title of his career.

While the field contains 15 Americans, the global game is truly on display once again this week as 23 total countries are represented. Many players are coming off strong performances last week in either the CIMB Classic or the BMW Masters, including respective winners Nick Watney and Peter Hanson.
Robert Garrigus, Carl Pettersson, Jbe’ Kruger and Gaganjeet Bhullar also recorded top-10 finishes at the CIMB Classic and look to carry momentum into China this week. Meanwhile, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Shane Lowry, George Coetzee, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose each bring top-10 finishes from the BMW Masters into this week.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:51 PM

Disappointing that Tiger and Rory wont be there.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

View PostFairwayGolfUSA.com, on 31 October 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Disappointing that Tiger and Rory wont be there.

RYAN

True, but it will be a great tournament nonetheless. It boasts a great field and will be entertaining to watch.  I mean, what other golf are you going to watch right now?

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:34 PM

Phil is killing his 3 wood.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:15 PM

View PostFairwayGolfUSA.com, on 31 October 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Disappointing that Tiger and Rory wont be there.

RYAN

meh...

it saves us the agony of listening to how they're such great BFFs now, and endless panning shots of them yucking it up walking off of EVERY TEE BOX.

Probably the sponsors see it differently though ;)

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a hideous grip

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:10 PM

I really enjoy watching golf late at night live. Great tournament, great cast too.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:30 AM

Wow, What a nice course !!! I never get tired of seeing
this place !!!
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:30 AM

Good start by Louis, but I can recall a few times this year where he has taken a lead into Sunday and not been able to hold on. If he can retain that 5 shot lead after Saturday he should be able to hang on for the win.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:16 PM

So the announcers keep talking about Phil's 3 wood, how well he's hitting it, and how secretive he's being about it?

So what 3 wood is he using now?  At one point they were speculating that it was a 12 degree.  Anyone know?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

View PostSon_of_Sahm, on 02 November 2012 - 02:16 PM, said:

So the announcers keep talking about Phil's 3 wood, how well he's hitting it, and how secretive he's being about it?

So what 3 wood is he using now?  At one point they were speculating that it was a 12 degree.  Anyone know?

It's a modified RBZ, if you can believe that.   Seek out the thread in "tour and pre release" subforum, with input and confirmation from a Callaway rep.

Edited by Vindog, 02 November 2012 - 02:32 PM.

run of the mill driver with stock shaft
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a hideous grip

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

View PostCallaway_HarryA, on 02 November 2012 - 12:22 PM, said:

First of all, these guesses here were awesome. And I am going to make our R&D and product guys read this thread because there were some killer ideas/concepts you guys threw out. Should have known that the dark knights of club ho-edness could come up with some cool stuff.

Here's the answer, and I think it will surprise many of you. But like I said when we jumped into this and as part of our mission to be a "different" company, a new company, we are going to do things differently and be more straight shooting and transparent.



About two weeks ago, Phil said that the HSBC at Mission Hills isn't a course where he can hit driver at all. He doubted he would hit driver on any of the holes. He wanted to play a high COR fairway wood there because he wanted a club that went farther than his current 3 wood but not as far as his driver. He knows we have one coming and he asked to play one of our prototypes. Unfortunately we are not ready to launch this product yet and didn't have the right lofts in left-handed for him.  Our primary interest is supporting our players at all times so we told him to play whatever he wanted until he thinks we have the best possible product for him which we believe we will have imminently. This is pretty much standard operating procedure for us. Not well known to many is that Phil has one of the most flexible equipment contracts of any top player and has played other equipment from time to time during his relationship with us, and is well within his right to do so.

That, gentlemen, in Phil's hands, is a modified RBZ 13 degree, bent to 11.5, "driving 3-wood." Phil painted her up matte black because he thought that looked cool, put in a lighter shaft than normal so he could actually launch it in the air, and put a crap load of lead tape on the bottom of it to move the CG location so it could actually get up in the air. Result? He has a mini driver that's good for 290 off the tee, right between his current 280 3 wood gamer and his 305 driver. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Phil Mickelson, the Crowned Prince of this Forum and club junkies everywhere.

ps: we have a product coming that will instantly replace this FrankenFairway in his bag...

Edited by Vindog, 02 November 2012 - 02:40 PM.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

^^^wow thank you Vin.  Yep, I'm stunned.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

because it looked cool :D yeah right!

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:56 AM

5.5 hrs for the last group to play 18 holes.   :russian_roulette:

All nice swings though.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 06:01 AM

Snedeker 60, Westwood 61 and DJ 84, wtf?!? :D


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:06 AM

How the hell does Dustin Johnson shoot 84 on a day when Snedeker and Westwood were trying to break 60?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:16 AM

Pretty nice looking  leader board!

View Postdeasy55, on 03 November 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:

How the hell does Dustin Johnson shoot 84 on a day when Snedeker and Westwood were trying to break 60?

Some days you just don't have it.

Or in my case, never had it to begin with...

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:22 AM

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:16 AM

View Postdeasy55, on 03 November 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:

How the hell does Dustin Johnson shoot 84 on a day when Snedeker and Westwood were trying to break 60?

Hey, don't copy my comment!! :D

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:18 AM

View Postimakaveli, on 03 November 2012 - 08:16 AM, said:

View Postdeasy55, on 03 November 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:

How the hell does Dustin Johnson shoot 84 on a day when Snedeker and Westwood were trying to break 60?

Hey, don't copy my comment!! :D

I was still sleepy and didn't read your comment before I posted :taunt:


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

Do you guys know where I can watch the final round online?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

LO was bombing it today, effortlessly. Even moreso than usual. Driver, 6 iron to that par 5 over water, when most were hitting fairway woods. I could watch that swing all day.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

Well done Poults, two 65's on the weekend to take it by two. Nice little money earner!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

View Postputtingmatt, on 02 November 2012 - 08:30 AM, said:

Wow, What a nice course !!! I never get tired of seeing
this place !!!

Hmmm...   I'm guessing Olazabal got paid by the bunker?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:38 AM

This was a proper shot, eh?



I really like Poulter for a major next year.


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:07 AM

Second WGC and that Ryder Cup, he deserved his new Ferrari! :D Well done!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

I'm looking for that poulter sucks thread....again!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

View Postmoonshine, on 04 November 2012 - 09:38 AM, said:

I'm looking for that poulter sucks thread....again!

Nah, this time they will just ignore the whole thing ;)

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:05 AM

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

I can see it now.  Rory, Tiger, and Poultergeist dominating the world next year.  :D

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