WGC-HSBC Champions 2012: Tee Times, Players and Full Preview

Daniel ZhuContributor IOctober 31, 2012

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 31:  Branden Grace of South Africa hits a shot during the pro-am prior to the start of the WGC HSBC Champions at the Mission Hills Resort on October 31, 2012 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The PGA Tour is well into its fall season, and the next stop for most of the top golfers in the world will be at the WGC-HSBC Tournament of Champions. This is the last world golf championship of the season, and big names like Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald are headlining this star-studded field.

This year's HSBC Championship will be staged at the Mission Hills Golf Club in China. There are plenty of scoring opportunities to be taken advantage of, so golf fans around the world are in for a real treat as they watch some of the best golfers perform to their highest abilities.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer is also looking to hoist the trophy once more this year. Alongside him will be World No. 3  and No. 4 golfers Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, as well as Phil Mickelson, who looks to start off his fall season in strong fashion.

Notable Groups and Tee Times-

9:10 a.m.       Francesco Molinari     Phil Mickelson     Lee Westwood

10:20 a.m.     Graeme McDowell      Keegan Bradley  Louis Oosthuizen

10:30 a.m.     Martin Kaymer            Jason Dufner       Adam Scott

Note: These times are local time GMT+8:00. 


Predicted Winner- Phil Mickelson

Mickelson has had a mediocre 2012 season, with only one win and a few top-10 finishes. Lefty will be looking to capitalize this week in China to offset his regular-season woes. There is no doubt that Mickelson is unpredictable at times, and there is no knowing how Phil will play this week.

I'm putting my money on Phil to do pretty well because he seemed to be playing well at the Ryder Cup, and should be in good shape to hoist another trophy.