Formerly the Compaq European Grand Prix, Lee Westwood returns home from the States to defend one of his five wins on last years European Tour.
He took the title last season with a total score of 12-under-par, a full three shots better than anyone.
While he has not performed too well thus far in 2001, dont be surprised to see the big Englishman play well solid golf this week, as he has chalked-up two top-5s in his two previous visits to Slaley Hall before his win last year.
While Retief Goosen, winner of last weeks U.S. Open, will be taking the week off, several others are in the field in Northumberland.
Andrew Oldcorn is set to tee it up, as is Andrew Coltart and Fredrik Jacobson, who finished second here last year.
In addition, the young South African Trevor Immelman will be in attendance, as will fellow youngsters Justin Rose and Brett Rumford.
With many of the veterans not competing this week, it could present an opportunity for one of these bright players to record solid finishes.
They will all be competing for an increased purse of 800,000 pounds.