Hideki Matsuyama will be back to defend his title after his sensational triumph in ‘Asia’s major’ last year when he became the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championship.
The 25-year-old has since gone from strength to strength, recording victories at the Phoenix Open and the Bridgestone Invitational in recent times, as well as reaching number two in the world rankings in June.
Meanwhile, world number one Dustin Johnson will begin the tournament looking to claim his third World Golf Championship of the year, and he is one of four previous champions in the field, alongside Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari and Phil Mickelson.
The former US Open champion is the only man to win all four World Golf Championship events, with wins in the Dell Match Play, the Cadillac Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational adding to his victory in the HSBC Champions event in 2013.
2016 Open victor Henrik Stenson and reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka will fancy their chances in Shanghai, as well as Matt Kuchar who will end the year as the highest-earning active PGA Tour player without a major championship win.
Hopes of a UK winner are likely to be with the ever-consistent Justin Rose or Paul Casey, who was sixth in the Masters this year and has returned to form in the last 12 months.
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