Woosnam, the 1991 Master champion, hopes to conjour up a little host country magic as he's looking for his first win since the 2001 Cisco World Match Play Championship. His last official European Tour victory came almost six years ago at the aforementioned Volvo PGA Championship.
Last year's champion Paul Lawrie will not be back to defend his title but Colin Montgomerie will be along to share the spotlight with Woosnam. Monty is coming off a solid tie for ninth at the Volvo PGA, his second best finish of the year since a runner-up showing at the Italian Open three weeks ago.
Monty caused a stir last week as he made a caddie switch in which he let go of his caddie and hired caddie Steve Rawlinson away from Australian golfer Stephen Leaney.
'I am just a little disappointed Colin didn't call me before it all seemed to have been arranged with my caddie,' Leaney said. 'Steve would still have moved whether he called before or after but I would liked to have had the chance to offer him something different.
Beside's Woosnam, Bradley Dredge and Phillp Price also will be on hand to represent the host country. Dredge, who currently ranks 16th on the Volvo Order of Merit, is going for his second tour win of the season, after his breakout win earlier this year at the Madeira Island Open.
Price, from Newport, was of course one of Europe's Ryder Cup heros last year, as he beat the world No. 2 Phil Mickelson in the singles matches to claim a point for the European team. It will be his third appearance at the course where he holds an honorary membership.
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