You Oughta Know: WGC-HSBC Champions


Here are some things You Oughta Know for Sunday’s final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China:

• Co-leader Lee Westwood can win his first World Golf Championships event in his 41st start, the most by any player. The 39-year-old’s best result (three times) in a WGC was a runner-up finish, most recently at the 2010 HSBC Champions.

• Saturday’s third-round 61, which included 11 birdies, was Westwood’s second 61 in the past three weeks. He also went low during the semifinals of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final to defeat Charl Schwartzel (but he eventually lost in finals).

• Westwood’s best round of his PGA Tour career wasn’t even the lowest round of the day Saturday. That honor belonged to Brandt Snedeker, whose course- and WGC-record 60 on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills vaulted the FedEx Cup champion from 38th to seventh entering the final round.

• Louis Oosthuizen has failed to convert a 54-hole lead into victory twice already this season: Shell Houston Open (finished third) and Deutsche Bank Championship (second). He had a five-shot lead entering the third round in China, but his 2-under 70 wasn’t enough to stay in front by himself.

Phil Mickelson, three shots behind after 54 holes, will be looking for his third WGC title – and third HSBC victory – on Sunday. His win at the 2009 HSBC Champions was his last top 10 in a WGC event (a streak of eight events), and a victory here would make the 42-year-old the second-oldest player to win a WGC title (Vijay Singh, then 45, won the 2008 Bridgestone).

• This year's Open Championship winner Ernie Els – in a tie for fifth, four shots behind – is attempting to become only the third player to capture both a WGC event and a major championship in the same season. Only Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and Tiger Woods (eight times) have accomplished the feat.

Martin Kaymer, tied for eighth entering the final round (six back), needs a low round Sunday to become only the second player to defend a WGC title. Remarkably, Woods has done so eight times in his career.