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Nic Ladds 3rd Nov 2009 - 15:30

Yang set to pull another fast one on Tiger

The WGC HSBC Champions has attracted a star-studded field but the man to put paid to the big names' chances for the second time this year is shock PGA Championship Winner Yong-eun Yang at odds of 66/1.

It seems like an age ago that Yang saw off the mighty Tiger Woods to take his first Major at triple figures odds but those in the know won't have been so surprised. He has had undoubted potential for some time, most notably seen when winning this very tournament in 2006 by two shots, from, you guessed it, Tiger Woods.

He has gone slightly off the boil since winning the Major but 18 in The TOUR Championship is enough to suggest he is in good nick and at a course he loves he can reward punters at big odds with William Hill paying 1/4 odds for the first five places.

Woods of course will be many people's idea of a banker and at 15/8 it is impossible to put anyone off backing him. He has finished second in this tournament twice and has won six times this year. He hasn't been seen since The Presidents Cup but you can be sure he will be tuned up and ready for this but at the price in a tournament he hasn't actually won he looks worth taking on.

After a gruelling week in Spain last week, Ross Fisher (25/1), Anthony Kim (33/1) and Robert Allenby (50/1) are all best avoided as having played six or seven rounds of golf followed by a long trip from Spain to Shanghai they may be a little weary come Sunday.

Sergio Garcia (25/1) cannot possibly be backed with any confidence despite winning this last year as he couldn't even get out of his group in last week's Match Play and his suspect putting may let him down again. Rory McIlroy (25/1) has looked out of starts since his blistering start and is also swerved.

Three near the head of the market with strong chances are Phil Mickelson (12/1), Lee Westwood (16/1) and Padraig Harrington (18/1). Mickelson won this in 2007 after a play-off with Westwood and Fisher while Harrington was two shots back in fifth.

As the Irishman hasn't won this year and Westwood was woeful last week in a tournament he should have excelled in Mickelson is the pick as he looks hungry having missed the middle of the season and on a track he clearly gets on with really looks like someone who will be in the mix come Sunday.

At odds of 50/1 to complete our trio against the field is Sweden's Peter Hanson who will be delighted to have got in to this tournament as he managed it at the last minute so will arrive in good spirits to a course he enjoys.

He finished third here last year and his last few starts have been 8, 4, 16 and 3 so he could not be in better form and looks more than capable of giving a good account at tasty odds of 50/1.

Despite the noticeable lack of Americans in the field, this has a look of quality and while Tiger will no doubt be on the premises again, he may well be thwarted by the man who is quickly becoming his nemesis, Young-eun Yang.


Yong-eun Yang - 66/1

Phil Mickelson - 12/1

Peter Hanson - 50/1


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