Ian Poulter: A tie for fourth at the ALSTOM Open de France two weeks ago gives the already confident Poulter positive momentum entering the week.
The former No. 5 ranked player in the world is known for his ability to rise to the occasion when the competition is stiffest.
The field in France was certainly stacked with elite players.
If the putter is kind, the audacious Englishman could be in for an overdue first major title.
Ryo Ishikawa (above): Another exceptional youngster, Ishikawa has failed to make too many waves on the PGA Tour.
However, he just finished in a tie for third in Japan, shooting a pair of 66s in his final two rounds.
A player of Ishikawa's caliber can't perform poorly in golf's biggest tournaments forever. Expect him to bounce back after missed cuts at the year's first two majors.
Raphael Jacquelin: Very much under the radar as the 107th ranked player in the world, Jacquelin has had some encouraging results as of late.
The aforementioned ALSTOM Open produced a stellar third-place effort. Most recently, Jacquelin finished in a respectable tie for 16th at the Scottish Open.
These are the best two tournaments he has put together all season.
Last year, Jacquelin registered an eighth place finish at the Open Championship in Sandwich. Only champion Darren Clarke had a better final three rounds than Jacquelin.
Marcel Siem: I suppose I'm putting a lot of stock in that European event in France, but Siem was the winner there.
Although he is not very accurate with the driver, Siem is having a career year in greens in regulation percentage, putting, and scoring average.
His win in France was especially impressive coming off a blown chance to win the BMW International Open in his native Germany and finishing 57th at the Irish Open thereafter.
Siem is an emotional player. If he gets off to a good start and has an optimistic frame of mind, he could be dangerous.
Jeev Milkha Singh: Once ranked 29th in the world near the beginning of 2009, Singh explained his recent health battles after winning the Scottish Open this past Sunday (via daijiworld.com):
It has been really tough and frustrating more than anything else. You feel like your game is coming back and another injury creeps up, but I just stuck myself in there and said that you need to work on the physical side, and I worked hard on that.
The increased attention to fitness paid off. Singh's first win in four years got him into the British Open field for just the second time in his career.
Singh should benefit from valuable, well-played reps on a links style course and have a stellar showing at Royal Lytham.