That doesn't mean the field will be without star power. Former European Ryder Cuppers Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez join eight-time Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie in Austria this week.
This tournament has been part of the Challenge Tour schedule since 2003, but will now be part of the European Tour`s International schedule for the next three seasons. While the top players in the world will be at the U.S. Open next week, the European Tour offers the Aa St Omer Open, where Joakim Backstrom was victorious last year.
Top Players in the Field
John Bickerton - 29th on money list, 2nd at Andalucia Open
Thomas Bjorn - 30th ranked player in world, won Nissan Irish Open
Simon Dyson - 25th on money list, won Indonesia Open
Gary Emerson - 47th on money list, T-2 at Quinn Direct British Masters
Richard Green - 63rd ranked player in world, 21st on money list
Anders Hansen - 30th on money list, T-2 at Italian Open
Raphael Jacquelin - 97th ranked player in world, 44th on money list
Miguel A. Jimenez - 45th ranked player in world, 7th on money list
Paul McGinley - 44th ranked player in world, 2002 and 2004 Ryder Cup team
Colin Montgomerie - 19th ranked player in world, won UBS Hong Kong Open