After three weeks in Australia the European Tour will co-sanction the event with the Asian PGA, and with Els taking a break to get ready for the following week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, the field will certainly be looking to jump at the opportunity to cash in on Els' absence.
Harrington, who is well rested after a lengthy break from the schedule, hopes to pick up where he left off, winning the season-opening BMW Asian Open in Taiwan last November.
He also went head-to-head against Tiger Woods in Tiger's own event, the Target World Challenge, and defeated the world's No. 1 by two shots to claim the victory in the elite field.
Goosen is coming off a tie for fourth at the Johnnie Walker Classic, though a full 12 strokes behind the record-setting Els. He recently lost his strong hold on the No. 4 ranking in the world to Vijay Singh, who won the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open in January.
Goosen posted a tie for third at the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open and a 20th at the Sony Open.
Also due to participate is Ryder Cup hero's Paul McGinley and Lee Westwood. McGinley, who sank the winning putt for the Europeans, is playing in only his third event of the season and shared a tie for 18th at the Johnnie Walker.
Westwood, whose struggles have been well documented, again missed the cut last week and is currently 147th on the Order of Merit.
Alastair Forsyth will be back to defend his title following his play-off victory over Stephen Leaney at Royal Selangor Golf Club last year.
Statistical Preview of the Carlsberg Malaysian Open