Michael Campbell returns as defending champion, after he finished at 19-under-par 197 in 2000, when heavy rains and flooding forced a cancellation of the final round on Sunday.
Should the New Zealand native repeat this time around, he will have to fend off numerous top-ranked challengers.
Current money leader on the Volvo Order of Merit Retief Goosen is in the field, as is Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie.
They will join up with other veterans Jose Maria Olazabal and Bernhard Langer, and will also face off against long-hitting youngsters Justin Rose and Adam Scott for a hefty first-place purse of approximately $411,000.
Speaking of long hitters, the longest hitter of them all will be in Europe again this week.
American John Daly is scheduled to play this years Linde.
And he just might win.
While Daly has been on the comeback trail all season long, he has been particularly dangerous in Europe.
In the three European Tour events he has competed in this season, he finished tied for 14th at the Malaysian Open, tied for third at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and he won the recent BMW International Open in early September, which ended a six-year winless drought.
The Linde German Masters was first played in 1987, and it has been hosted by Colognes Gut Larchenhof since 98.
In its 14 years, an American has never won.
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