Garcia is looking for his first win on European soil for 2002. The Spanish native has already won on the American-based PGA Tour earlier in the season at the Mercedes Championships, but he will have to beat some of the best international players this week if he is to claim that first overseas victory.
Scheduled to compete against Garcia are fellow Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez, Diego Borrego, Seve Ballesteros, Ignacio Garrido and Miguel Angel Martin. Others in the field include Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Andrew Oldcorn and Andrew Coltart.
Defending champion Robert Karlsson is also set to play. Karlsson took last years edition when he made just four bogies over four days to win by two shots at 11-under-par.
The win was the fourth of his career, but this year the tall Swede has not fared so well. In the five events he has played in Europe, Karlssons best finish is a tie for 32nd. He has missed two cuts.
Prize money this year is over $1.5 million at the El Cortijo Club de Campo. Following this week, the European Tour heads to Paris for the Novotel Perrier Open de France.
Full field and for the Canarias Open de Espana