78 players including golfing greats Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Silvia Cavalleri, Se Ri Pak, Lorie Kane, Betsy King, Juli Inkster, and Laura Davies call the Alpine village home this week.
Sorenstam took honors at the inaugural event in 2000 claiming the $270,000 winners share of the purse but only after besting Karrie Webb ' who had held the lead for three days - in a sudden-death playoff.
This is a very special week for me in many ways, the defending champion admitted.
First of all, its just nice to come to Europe, where Im from and where I used to play. Secondly, this is our Masters. Its a great event for the players. They take such good care of us. This is really a first class event. Thirdly, I won here last year. So I have some great memories.
Sorenstam shot rounds of 70-68-70-68=276 to tie with Karrie Webb in regulation play and claimed the win in a sudden-death playoff.
Since winning the Evian Masters in 2000 Sorenstam has won seven more events.
Play begins on Wednesday.