It's a light week for the tour when it comes to star power as only one player in the field - Angel Cabrera - is in the top 40 in the world rankings.
There are, however, nine winners from the 2005 season on hand - as well as England's Paul Broadhurst, who recently captured the Algarve Open de Portugal. John Bickerton, who lost in a playoff last week to Niclas Fasth and who won the Abama Open de Canarias in October, will try to go one better this week.
Also in the field is defending champion Steven Webster, who will be trying to become the first to win the event in back-to-back seasons in over 70 years. Last year's victory was Webster's first on tour.
Representing the host country most notably will be Emanuele Canonica and Francesco Molinari. Canonica, who briefly thought of giving up the game two years ago, busted out in a big way in 2005 when he won the title at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. It was his maiden tour win.
Molinari, currently ranked 208th in the world, stands 50th on the European Tour's Order of Merit, thanks in large part to a trio of top-10 finishes this season. His brother Eduardo is the reigning U.S. Amateur Championship.
Ian Poulter (2000 and 2002) as well as Bernhard Langer and David Feherty are former winners of the event.
The field will by vying for a first-place check worth $293,715 from a purse of $1,762,318.
The Golf Channel will air all four rounds live beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET.