HSBC Champions 2012: Sleepers That Will Steal the Show on Day 4

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2012

SHENZHEN, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03:  Lee Westwood of England in action during the third round of the WGC HSBC Champions at the Mission Hills Resort on November 3, 2012 in Shenzhen, China.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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If you missed most of the 2012 HSBC Champions tournament so far because of the tee times—this tournament is played at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China—now is your chance to preview all of the Day 4 action.

International star Lee Westwood is running the show as the top player of the weekend with his 18-under overall score, but there are plenty of great players within shouting distance coming into the final day of action.

With an easy course playing even easier for these golf professionals, there are three huge names sitting just off the lead coming into Day 4.

If Westwood isn’t perfect, one of these stars will use their momentum to steal the show.


Brandt Snedeker

After three days of action, young American star Brandt Snedeker sits alone at seventh on the leaderboard with an overall 13-under score, just five shots off the lead.

Snedeker wasn’t much of a threat coming into Day 3, but after shooting an unbelievable 60 on Day 3 (12-under par for the round), the U.S. star is ready to make one last push for the tournament win.

While Snedeker didn’t play as well as he would have liked over the first two days, the hot hand he was rolling with on Day 3 may have created enough momentum to mount a comeback of monumental proportions.


Ian Poulter

One of the biggest threats to steal the win in the final day of the tournament is a man that doesn’t get nearly enough credit for just how good he really is, English star Ian Poulter.

With a 69, 68 and 65 over the first three days, Poulter has been the most consistent player on the course this weekend and will continue to trend up the scoreboard with a strong Day 4 performance.

Poulter is only four shots off the lead, and if he can keep his play simple and his putts crisp, his seven-under on Day 3 will have all the momentum on the 36-year-old star’s side.


Phil Mickelson

The biggest star that has a chance of stealing the show on the final day of the 2012 HSBC Champions tournament is American legend Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson sits at three shots off the lead with a 15-under, but it was his stellar six-under he scored on Day 3 that catapulted him back into contention for a big win on the final day. If Lefty can shoot another 66 like he did on Day 1 and Day 3, there is no doubt he is in the position to win the whole tourney.

With sole possession of third place on the leaderboard, Mickelson will have the confidence and the momentum on his side to put forth a legendary effort.

If the veteran steals a win in China, this will go down as one of his best non-Major wins of all time.


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