The WGC-HSBC Champions
In Shanghai, China at the Sheshan International Golf Club, West Course, 7,266 yards, par 72
TV: Golf Channel, Wednesday-Saturday 10 PM-3 AM CT/11 PM-4 AM ET. You either need to load up on the Royal Cup, work the afternoon shift or tape it. I'll take the latter option.
I'm going to go with the hottest player in the world at the moment and I'm predicting him to go back to back. The 23 year old University of Alabama player shot a 64 to come back from a three shot deficit last week heading into the fourth round in Malaysia, to capture the CIMB Classic by 3 shots over Hideki Matsuyama. The Louisville, Kentucky native hit a 290 yard three wood to 35 feet for eagle on the par 5, 10th. He two putted for birdie. He posted eight birdies and no bogeys in his final round. This young gun looks elite to me with major championships in the future. He went back to back at the CIMB Classic in consecutive years and I see him going back to back in consecutive weeks. I like the fact that this will be his third week in a row to play. I picked him two weeks ago at the Safeway Open and he finished tied for eighth. I'm going back to the well this week. It was a tough choice between this player and Patrick Reed, but I'll go with JT.
Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson (MS), 7,421 yards, par 72
TV: Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel, 1:30-4:30 PM CT/2:30-5:30 PM ET
While JT won the national championship in 2013 at the University of Alabama, this 24 year old sank a 22 foot eagle putt on the 17th hole at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas in 2014 to help Alabama capture back to back national championships. He won on the Web.com tour last year at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., and finished 10th this past year in the 25, the 25 top money winners on the Web,com tour who automatically qualify for the PGA Tour the following year. At the Safeway Open two weeks ago, he finished tied 22nd. I decided on this young guy over former University of Alabama golfer Robby Shelton and former Auburn golfer Patton Kizzire, who finished second two weeks ago at the Safeway Open. But I'm going with this young guy to capture his first title on the PGA tour. His uncle, Craig, is a very good friend of mine, so I'd like to see him get it done for his uncle as well.