Canizares rolled to a four-shot win at Le Meridien last year, posting four consecutive rounds of 67 or better to set a tournament scoring record and claim his first European Tour win.
The son of four-time Ryder Cup player Jose Maria Canizares, he became the quickest affiliate member to win on the European Tour, claiming title No. 1 in just his third start and surpassing better-known previous record holders Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell.
This obscure European Tour stop played opposite the PGA Championship last year. It will compete with the Bridgestone Invitational this week.
One thing to watch: the professional debut of U.S. Amateur champion Richie Ramsay of Scotland. His win at the Amateur was the first for a British subject since 1911.
GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of all four rounds, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on the first two days and at 9:30 a.m. ET on both weekend days.