Last year, Englands Jamie Spence ended an eight-year winless drought on tour, when he poured in a final round 64 to beat Ian Poulter, Sebastian Delagrange and Thomas Levet by four shots at 22-under-par 266.
It marked Spences second career win on the European Tour, his first coming at the 92 Canon European Masters.
While Spence claimed after his victory that he felt he had just won the British Open, his play did not continue to spark throughout the remainder of the 2000 season. While he did manage two top-10 finishes, he missed the cut or withdrew from eight of the last 16 events in which he competed.
This year, the 37-year-old has met with similar results. He has played in three events thus far, with one missed cut and finishes of T49 and T28.
While many of the tours biggest guns will be absent from Morocco this week, quite a few youngsters will be on hand competing for the first-place prize of 106,506 euro. Trevor Immelman of South Africa will be present, as will Justin Rose and American Hank Kuehne.
The trio of young worldly talent will face off against the likes of not only Spence, but Andrew Coltart and Alex Cjeka.