Wall won the event last year by two shots over Gary Orr and Phillip Price. And he didn't even have to play in the final round! Actually, no one did, as heavy rain forced the tournament officials to shorten the event to 54-holes.
Nevertheless, Wall brings back a game which, by season's end, saw him finish 44th on the Volvo Order of Merit list. However, says Wall, a large part of his 2000 season was hampered due to poor health.
'I was relatively happy with the year all in all but it was disappointing to be laid low with a couple of bouts of glandular fever during the season,'' he said.
'I was laid low for two and a half months after Dubai and later on I was off for about six weeks in the height of the season. So I actually had to start my season three times which was difficult especially for the later events in the year.'
However, the Englishman has been given a clean bill of health and is hoping for a good season.
'My aim every year is to get higher and higher on the order of merit,'' he said. 'This year, for instance, my goal is to try and break into the top 30 because that's where I think the real respect comes from on the European Tour.'
A good showing this week would heighten that respect for Walls, as a solid field is expected to show at the Houghton Golf Course. Some of the names on hand will include local favorite Retief Goosen, Nick Faldo, Sven Struver and last year's runner-up Price. They will all be gunning for the first prize of 123,071 euro.