The big names are back in full force as the world's No. 3 and No. 4, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, tee it up after a month's absence. Goosen finished in a tie for 11th at the WGC-NEC, while Els came in with a tie for 15th.
Also on hand will be Lee Westwood, Nick Faldo and Paul Lawrie, who won a couple of weeks ago in Wales.
Thomas Bjorn, fresh off his BMW Open win, looks to keep the birdie train rolling and notch his second win of the year. Bjorn looked impressive in his win in Germany, holding off local favorite Bernhard Langer.
A couple of Argentinians will seek to continue their domination of this tournament that they've enjoyed over the last two years - Eduardo Romero and Ricardo Gonzales.
In the 2000 European Masters, Romero led wire-to-wire to pick up his only victory of the year, and then last year Gonzalez followed suit, he too winning in wire-to-wire fashion. Romero is cunnetly ranked 11th and Gonzalez 27th in the European money list.
Bubba Dickerson, the 2001 U.S. Amateur champion, continues his bid to secure his European Tour card. He missed the cut by three strokes at the BMW Open.
With three weeks remaining before the Ryder Cup, European captain Sam Torrance will checking how his team is shaping up for the big matches. At the moment many question marks remain on both teams, and Torrance hopes this week some of those will be answered.
Statistical Preview for the Omega European Masters