With the conclusion of the Fall Series still a week away, many of the game's biggest stars are in Shenzhen, China, where Mission Hills GC will host the season's final WGC event for the first time. Click here for a full list of tee times for the WGC-HSBC Champions, but below are a few pairings to keep an eye on for Thursday's opening round which, with the time difference, will begin Wednesday night for American viewers:
Notable tee times (all times are Wednesday ET):
Two of the hottest players in the field find themselves paired together this week. Watney enters fresh off a closing 61 to claim the CIMB Classic in Malaysia for his second win in six starts, while Poulter has yet to let up from the momentum garnered at Medinah, finishing solo fourth last week at the BMW Masters in Shanghai. Lawrie, meanwhile, is in the midst of a resurgent season and will be seeking his third European Tour win of 2012.
Mickelson's win in the 2007 edition of this event and Molinari's victory three years later had a common thread - both came over Lee Westwood, who lost to Mickelson in a playoff and came up one shot short against Molinari in 2010. When Mission Hills last hosted a major event, Molinari teamed with brother Edoardo to win the 2009 Omega World Cup on the Olazabal Course. This will mark Mickelson's first official start since the Ryder Cup, while Westwood finished T-14 last week at the BMW Masters.
The 2012 FedEx Cup champion finds himself slotted with two of Europe's brightest stars from last month's Ryder Cup. Like Westwood, Colsaerts tied for 14th last week in Shanghai and is now in position to have full-time playing privileges on both the PGA and European Tours in 2013. Rose, who finished runner-up to Snedeker at East Lake, claimed his 10th worldwide top-10 finish of 2012 at the BMW Masters and won a WGC event earlier this year at Doral.
A trio of major winners comprise this group, as they find themselves a green jacket short of the Slam. McDowell still seeks his first win of 2012 after playing in the final pairing Sunday at both the U.S. and British Opens, while Oosthuizen has a pair of European Tour wins to go along with five top-5 finishes this year on the PGA Tour and enters off a T-6 finish in Shanghai. Bradley spent last week in Bermuda at the Grand Slam of Golf and will be teeing it up in an official event for the first time since his strong performance at Medinah.
The event's defending champion (Kaymer) finds himself paired with two men who have had notable near-misses in majors across the last 15 months. Scott has remained in contention several times this summer, but has yet to record a top-five finish since letting the Claret Jug slip away at Royal Lytham. After nearly claiming the Wanamaker Trophy last summer, Dufner has rebounded for a career year in 2012, winning twice and finishing second to Bo Van Pelt in Australia two weeks ago.