Though the course will be new, many familiar faces will be on hand to tee it up come Thursday, including defending champion Mhairi McKay of Scotland. Native Australians Karrie Webb and Rachel Teske will join McKay in trying to knock off some of the rust before the LPGA season begins next week.
World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam will not be in the field as she has stated a desire to play fewer events in 2004 and put more focus on the majors. She captured last week's ANZ Ladies Masters by four strokes over Karen Stupples, in what was Annika's first tournament of the year.
'You'll be seeing less of me,' said Sorenstam. 'I want to conserve a little energy. I've just been going full throttle for so long.'
'I'm very much looking forward to Sydney - no Annika,' countered Stupples, referring to this week's event.
Webb surely shares those sentiments, as it was Sorenstam who two years ago prevented her from winning the event for a record fifth straight time by beating her in a playoff.