Last year's champion Thaworn Wiratchant will be on hand to defend the title he won to bcome just the second Thai to ever win on The European Tour. Fellow countryman Thongchai Jaidee had earlier won the 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open.
Standing in Wiratchants way, however, is Stephen Dodd of Wales.
Dodd, who along with fellow Welshman Bradley Dredge, teamed up to win the WGC ' Algarve World Cup in Portugal four months ago, is coming off the finest season of his career.
Besides winning the WGC event, the 39-year-old Dodd also captured his first-ever European Tour title at the Volvo China Open and then backed it up with his victory at the Nissan Irish Open in a playoff over David Howell.
Throw in another four top-10 finishes - one of which was a runner-up to Ernie Els at the Dubai Desert Classic - and it propelled Dodd to his highest-ever finish (17th) on the tour's Order of Merit list.
Dodd will be joined by European counterparts Ignacio Garrido of Spain and Anders Hansen of Denmark, both winners of the prestigious BMW Championship (formerly the Volvo PGA Championship) in the last several years.
Spearheading the Asian contingent along with Wiratchant and Jaidee are Lian-Wei Zhang of China and Korean Charlie Wi.
Wi thwarted Jaidee's bid for a three-peat at the Malaysian Open two weeks ago when he fired a final round 9-under 63 to beat out Jaidee for the title.
Zhang made news back in 2004 when he became the first Chinese golfer to tee it up at Augusta National in the Masters.
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds beginning Thursday at 9 a.m.
The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour.