You Oughta Know: WGC-HSBC Champions


After leading all week, Graeme McDowell will look to close things out Sunday at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round in Shanghai, where McDowell holds a one-shot lead:

• McDowell is in search of his first WGC victory. His best previous finish came at this event in both 2011 and 2013, when he finished alone in third.

• McDowell is looking for his third PGA Tour win, following the 2010 U.S. Open and 2013 RBC Heritage.

• This marks the third time McDowell has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, but the previous two didn't yield victories. He faded to a T-33 finish at the 2011 Players Championship, then finished T-2 at the 2012 U.S. Open.

• McDowell's surprise partner in the final pairing will be Hiroshi Iwata. Iwata's 7-under 65 in the second round is the lowest score of the week, and he will look to become the first Asian Tour player to win a WGC event.

• Iwata is making just his fourth career PGA Tour start. He missed the cut at the Open Championship in both 2008 and 2014 and also sat out the weekend at the 2009 Sony Open.

• Martin Kaymer is tied for third, two shots behind McDowell, and looks to become the first two-time winner of this event. The German won in 2011 and has finished inside the top 10 each of the last two years in Shanghai.

• Bubba Watson is alongside Kaymer in third place thanks to his par-5 dominance. Watson is 9 under, both for the week and on the par-5s at Sheshan International, through three rounds. After a final-round scoring average of 69.65 last season, there's a good chance the Masters champ will make a run at McDowell's lead.

• This week's event is living up to its WGC billing, with nine countries represented in the current top 10. The contenders include South Africa's Tim Clark (T-5), Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (T-7) and Sweden's Jonas Blixt (ninth).