Back to win: Francesco Molinari

No player has ever won the BMW PGA Championship, the Open and the British Masters in the same year, but Molinari is primed to complete the unprecedented treble this week.

The Italian has had an unbelievable year, with a win on American soil at July’s Quicken Loans National on top of those victories at Wentworth and Carnoustie, and he’s clearly in great nick having taken five points from five at the Ryder Cup.

Molinari’s results at the British Masters have been mixed, with a T11 at the Belfry in 2007 his best result in five trips, but he should fare much better at a course that should play to his strengths.

Walton Heath rewards players who excel from tee to green, and Molinari is one of the world’s best ball strikers, currently ranking third in greens in regulation percentage on the European Tour.

Each-way shout: Haotong Li

Li finished fifth at the Alfred Dunhill last week, bouncing back from an opening round of 75 by shooting in the 60s in each of the last three days.

That was the 23-year-old’s first top-five since he won the Dubai Desert Classic in January, and he should be able to build on it at a course he’ll know very well.

Li finished second at a US Open qualifier at Walton Heath in 2016, and he took some time out of his schedule last month to practice at the course in preparation for this event.

The world No. 60 has had some great results in Britain in the past, most notably finishing T3 at the 2017 Open Championship, and looks a great each-way bet this week.

Outside shot: Alexander Levy

Levy suffered a real dip in form after winning the Trophee Hassan II in April, but the Frenchman has started turning it around with a T13 at the European Open, a T20 at the KLM Open and a T32 at last week’s Alfred Dunhill.

Expect him to take another step forward at Walton Heath, where he’s twice finished in the top in the top three at US Open qualifying over the past four years.

Levy shot 11-under through just 36 holes to lead all qualifiers here in 2015, and he’s a big price given his history at this course, and the fact that he’s already won once this year.

The 28-year-old ranks inside the top 30 in stroke average, driving accuracy and distance, GIR percentage and putts per round on the European Tour despite some poor results this year, and he definitely has it in him to contend this week.

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