If you have the 35-year-old Swede in your HSBC Champions office pool, you’re sitting pretty. Fasth is 8-under after 17 holes and currently holds a 4-stroke lead on the opening day at Sheshan International Golf Club, in Shanghai suburbia. But don’t gloat too much — it’s only 12:30 pm Thursday and there are guys named Mickelson, Singh, Cabrera, Garcia, Goosen, Els, Choi and Harrington in the field. No Woods, though, for the first time since Asia’s self-proclaimed “major” tournament launched in 2005, so it will be interesting to see what crowds are like this weekend.
Ticket information can be found here. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a freebie, you’re going to have to fork over RMB 500 today and tomorrow or RMB 1,000 on Saturday or Sunday. And that doesn’t include getting yourself out to Songjiang District. There do appear to be some public shuttle buses to the venue. Otherwise you are looking at a hefty taxi fare.
Live scoring for the event can be found here.
HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Sheshan National Tourism Resort, Lane 288, Lin Yin Xin Avenue, Songjiang District. Tickets: 500-2,000 yuan. Booking hotline: 962288.
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