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British Masters tips: Ryder Cup heroes lead the way

| 10.10.2018

All eyes are on Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey this weekend, for the 2018 British Masters.

There will be increased anticipation this year, as it swiftly follows Europe’s resounding victory in the Ryder Cup last month.

Plenty of Europe’s stars will be on show too.

The favourites

He’s first on the FedEx Cup and second in the Official Golf World Rankings, so it’s no surprise Justin Rose is 7/1 favourite. He’s hosting this event too.

The 38-year-old claimed two points in the Ryder Cup, and his last three individual tournaments have yielded two second places and a fourth. He’s bang in form.

But even Rose can’t quite match the Italian renaissance of Francesco Molinari. The 35-year-old is the darling of the continent after becoming the first European player to claim a perfect five points in the Ryder Cup.

The Italian has been in scintillating form since the summer, winning the Quicken Loans National and the Open to claim his first Major. Three other top-eight finishes in his last eight tournaments is further weight to his current going.

He’s 8/1 to win this weekend, ahead of his Ryder Cup pal Tommy Fleetwood at 10s.

The Englishman has really forced his name at the top table in the last couple of years, and bagged four points in the Ryder Cup.

He’s maintained that form too, finishing second last time out at the Alfred Dunhill Links.

Ones to watch

Padraig Harrington is a man who knows how to bring it together for the big occasions. The 47-year-old is enjoying a little resurgence of late.

The Irishman was second in the Czech Masters at the end of August, before a fifth place in the KLM open and a seventh last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links. 40/1 says he wins it this weekend.

Stephen Gallagher is another man stringing a few results together lately. The Scot has made his last five cuts with ease, and was hugely impressive at the Links last weekend through rounds two and three.

A better final day could have seen him win it, and he’s 125/1 to make it count across the four days this time around.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.