Defending champion Trish Johnson

Other former winners of the event playing this week include Denmark’s Iben Tinning (2002 and 2005) Spain’s Ana Belen Sanchez (2004), France’s Ludivine Kreutz (2003), Spain’s Paula Marti (2002) and England’s Samatha Head (1999).

Teenage sensation Amy Yang of South Korea, ranked third on the New Star Money List, returns to Europe following her victory in Germany six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the tournament represents the last chance to qualify for next week’s Evian Masters in France, which is considered a European major championship by the Ladies European Tour. The winner of this week’s event will secure a berth in the US$3 million dollar event. The Evian Masters is celebrating its 15th edition this year, with a strong field including all of the winners from the LET in 2007 and 2008.