Last year's winner Raphael Jacquelin opened with a 6-under 66 and got progressively worse each round, but hung on for a wire-to-wire victory.
Jacquelin, who won for the second time on the European Tour, closed with a 1-over 73 to hold off Soren Kjeldsen, who also closed with a 73 to end two back at minus-eight.
The field this week will be headlined by Henrik Stenson, David Howell and Retief Goosen.
The GOLF CHANNEL has tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.
The European Tour returns to Europe next week for the Open de Espana, where Charl Schwartzel won last year.