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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Yes, It's WGC Time Again

And why should you care? Because it's probably the last time in 2017 we'll see so many big names all together.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama

The WGC-HSBC Champions -- or as I tend to call it, the WGC-China -- is both the final WGC of 2017 and the first WGC of the 2017-2018 PGA Tour wraparound season. Hideki Matsuyama, the first-ever WGC champ from Asia, also happens to be the defending champion at this event, and he and Dustin Johnson -- who currently hold all four WGC titles between them -- will try to add another WGC to their respective totals. Even Phil Mickelson is going to play.

The Sheshan International West Course -- 7,266 yards, par 72 -- isn't all that long by Tour standards but has a lot of elevation changes and plenty of distracting scenery to make it a challenge. We usually get to see plenty of impressive scrambling, which could mean plenty of Phil highlights.

Of course, the drawback to all of this -- at least in the US -- is the time difference. GC's coverage starts with the Pre Game at 9:30pm ET tonight, followed by live coverage at 10pm ET. But GC lists coverage until 7am ET Thursday morning, which is HUGE if it's all live. (The rebroadcast runs from 9:30am-2:30pm ET Thursday.)

So while we've still got some meaningful golf to play this season -- the ET's Race to Dubai, as well as the Australian majors -- this is the last hurrah for big PGA Tour golf events this year. It could be a pretty good finale!

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