Several prominent players will be on hand for this event, which is co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian PGA Tours. Colin Montgomerie, who won for the first time on Australian soil last week at the Ericsson Masters, will be in attendance for his first event on the 2001 European slate. So too will Vijay Singh, who also was victorious last week at the Carlsburg Malaysian Open.
Each man will be vying for the $142,000 first-place prize and bragging rights to a superb start early in their respective seasons.
For Montgomerie, the search for his first major championship is still an ongoing process, and at 37 years of age, the winner of seven consecutive European Order of Merit titles may be running out of time.
Nevertheless, he finds himself off to a nice start on the year, winning the first tournament in which he had competed in months last week in Australia. Perhaps this will be the year that the big Scot finally cracks through the mold of `one of the best players in the world never to have won a major.'
Singh's tale is a bit different. Also at 37-years-old, the Fijian already has two majors under his belt and will be defending his title at the U.S. Masters in but a few months.
As his game seems to be shaping up nicely for the approaching defense, he must also be considered a favorite to win this week. He turns 38 on Thursday, the 22nd, and a second consecutive victory in as many weeks would surely make for a fine birthday present.