The New Zealander won the event by six shots over 1998 champion Thomas Bjorn, and was just in the beginning of a superb stretch of golf, which saw him win in the week previous to the Heineken (at the Johnnie Walker Classic), and then at the Linde German Masters later in the season.
So, this year he returns to the beautiful Vines Resort where he will compete for a total purse of nearly $1 million. And as always, there will be some rather stiff competition on hand for him to fend off. Bjorn will be in the field again, as will the '99 champion from Australia, Jarrod Moseley.
Likewise, another pair of big names from The Land Down Under will be competing in their home country this week. Veteran Greg Norman and youngster Adam Scott will be in attendance. Scott, at 20 years of age, just captured his first career victory on the European Tour at the Alfred Dunhill Championship but two weeks ago.
Two other players that might warrant keeping a watchful eye over this week as well, are Nick Faldo and Dean Robertson. Each man finished on 19-under-par in that same Alfred Dunhill event, just two shots off the winning mark, and look to be swinging extremely well.