Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China
7,261 yards – Par 72 – Bentgrass Greens
Course Architect: Nelson and Haworth (2005)
Green Sizes: 5,000 sq. feet .. Smaller Green Sizes
Stimp: 12 to 12.5 feet .. Faster than Average Green Speeds
Strength of Field Rating: 575+ OWGR …Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~59% … Average Fairways to Hit
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~67% … Easy Greens to Hit
2016: Russell Knox -20 over Kevin Kisner -18
2015: Bubba Watson -11 over Tim Clark in a playoff
2014: Dustin Johnson -24 over Ian Poulter -21
2011: Martin Kaymer -20 over Freddie Jacobson -17
2010: Francesco Molinari -19 over Lee Westwood -18
2016: Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox -16
2015: Graeme McDowell -11
2014: Dustin Johnson -18
2011: Freddie Jacobson -16
2010: Francesco Molinari -14
2016: Kevin Kisner -14
2015: Graeme McDowell -10
2014: Dustin Johnson -12
2011: Freddie Jacobson -10
2010: Francesco Molinari -9
Martin Kaymer… 53.487 strokes gained in 24 rounds
Rory McIlroy… 52.592 strokes gained in 20 rounds
Graeme McDowell… 44.248 strokes gained in 16 rounds
Ian Poulter… 42.248 strokes gained in 24 rounds
Lee Westwood… 35.487 strokes gained in 24 rounds
Important Interview Quotes
Q. What do you reckon a 64 to start here?
KEVIN KISNER: The golf course was fantastic, receptive. It was actually my first time around. I didn’t even play a practise round. I loved it. I liked the way it lays out, and fits my game pretty well. -2015
Q. Presumably a little bit damp after all that rain from yesterday?
THOMAS PIETERS: Yeah, the course played pretty soft, especially wedges, you could just throw them in there like darts. The greens were rolling really nice, which is easy to make putts I guess, and so there will definitely be some low scores. -2015
Q. Is it playing longer and therefore, does that suit you?
THOMAS PIETERS: They moved up a couple tees, so I think that makes up for it being so soft. But some holes, 9 plays very tough. It’s a really tough hole. But parred it, so really happy. -2015
Q. Is there something about the course that makes it that much easier today and perhaps suits you all the better?
THORBJØRN OLESEN: Yeah, normally it’s a tricky golf course. They moved a few tee boxes up and like I said, really soft conditions which made it possible to go after all the pins. Normally it’s a bit firmer and a bit faster and makes it a lot trickier. Yeah, that was a good scoring opportunity today. -2015
Q. Thoughts on the day?
RORY McILROY: Probably a little better than I was expecting out there to be honest. The one thing, when I was hitting balls this morning on the range, I mean, I had not been out of bed for basically 48 hours, so I was really stiff. (Food Poisoning right before the start of the tournament). -2015
Q. Just talk about being back here, a place you won, how comfortable you feel on this golf course and why.
DUSTIN JOHNSON: Well, you know, it’s a great golf course. I think it’s a good layout. It fits me pretty well. You hit a lot of drivers. The fairways, I feel like they are fairly narrow but I seem to drive it fairly well, fairly straight out here.
I’m just comfortable, got good lines on the tees, and then the greens are just perfect. So if you hit good shots and you’ve got makeable putts, you can make a lot of putts if you’re rolling it well out here. It’s a fun golf course to play, a lot of drivable holes, reachable par 5s, and so I just enjoy playing. -2015
Q. Historically, this has been a bomber’s course, but this week, you wedged them to death, and you just stuck to your game plan. How did you sort of keep that out; you have guys bombing it so far out and you just stuck to your game?
RUSSELL KNOX: My iron play this week was incredible. I knew with lift, clean and place, I could give myself a perfect lie, and didn’t matter if I hit 5-iron or lob-wedge. I felt comfortable and I was going to give myself a birdie chance. My iron play was the key today. -2015
Q. We’ve come here for quite a few years now and it seems to have grown into its skin and developed as a course.
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah, I’ve always liked the golf course. I think it’s a great design. I think it’s a good risk/reward golf course. I think 16 is the best short par 4 we play all year.
The par 5s give you a chance, certainly; two or three of them, to get there in two and make eagles. There’s a lot of water in play. I think it’s a really good venue for a World Golf Championship. -2014
Q. Are you feeling the benefit of playing Malaysia last week?
LEE WESTWOOD: Well, I’m not struggling with any time changes. Completely different conditions. Last week, very muggy and different kind of grasses. This week, a bit of breeze blowing.
Nice to be back in China. Haven’t been here for a while and nice to be back at a golf course I’ve played well in the past. I’ve had a couple second?place finishes around here. Nice to start off well this week and hopefully get into contention for the weekend. -2014
Q. Obviously you say driving is really important here. Have you ever seen the course so narrow? The fairways look very narrow?
GRAEME McDOWELL: No, this is as tough off the tee as I think I’ve ever seen this golf course. Obviously it was very low scoring here last year. I want to say, it wasn’t quite as narrow off the tee. The rough was fairly thick last year, but it played so much softer and, you know, effectively, the fairways played wider and the greens were so much more receptive.
No, this year, very tricky. Very tricky if you miss fairways. The rough is very penal and very tricky if you miss the greens. The run?off areas are pretty severe here and the rough is pretty severe around the greens. -2014
Q. What do you fancy of the setup of Sheshan and the whole environment of the WGC event?
CHRIS KIRK: It’s a great environment. They have taken very good care of us and the setup is very similar to what we are used to seeing on the PGA TOUR, good, fast greens and long rough and narrow fairways. Just like being back in America. -2014
Q. Did you expect a tougher challenge than the past?
MARTIN KAYMER: I thought when I played on Tuesday I thought the rough might be a little thicker but actually when you walk through it, it looks thick but it’s fairly fine and very thin. So even if you miss a couple tee shots, you still have a chance. It’s still playable. -2014
Q. A really good record around here, what is it about this place that you love?
GRAEME McDOWELL: I don’t know. I think it’s the fact you don’t have to hit it a long way. You have to be accurate. And I like these greens. As far as in and around the greens here, I love the way this golf course sets up. I read the greens well here. -2014
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