No fewer than 30 champions from the Asian Tour are set to battle against the heavyweights from the European Tour which will be headlined by reigning British Open champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez and England's Ian Poulter at the Blackstone Golf Club.
Asian Tour honorary member, Y.E Yang of Korea can expect a rousing reception from the home fans as he makes his return home at the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korea PGA from April 26 to 29.
Yang's best result at the Ballantine's Championship was in 2008 when he finished in tied-43rd place. After missing the cut in the last two editions, Yang will be determined to extend his homecoming with a performance befitting of his status as Asia's first Major winner.
Three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand will also be seeking to add his name for the second time on the silverware, having won the Ballantine's Championship in 2009.
Chinese Taipei's Lu Wei-chih, a three-time Asian Tour winner, is looking forward to winning his first Tour title outside of his country while decorated Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh, whose form has often been hampered by injuries, will be eager to return to his winning ways again after having stayed injury-free all-season.
Thongchai's last win on the Asian Tour came in 2010 and the 42-year-old Thai believes that he is still able to contend at the highest level.
"When you're older, the distance gets shorter. Putting can also be a problem. Golf courses these days are getting longer and longer. I try to win every week. If not, I'll try next week. I'm still capable of winning," said Thongchai.
The Thai star is no stranger to playing in different weather conditions and he is confident that he will do well at the Blackstone Golf Club next week.
"I've played in Europe for quite a while and the experience of playing there and in Asia have made me a better player. Now I can play in different climates, hot, cold or windy. It will be windy and cold next week but I'm prepared for the challenge," said Thongchai.
Lu also acknowledges that the conditions will be challenging and he knows that a good result at the Ballantine's Championship will give him a much-needed confidence booster.
"It won't be easy playing there with the tough competition, golf course and cold weather. I missed the cut last year so I'll need to really focus on my game. Winning outside of Chinese Taipei will give me even more confidence in my game," said Lu.
Other Asian Tour stars set to feature at the Ballantine's Championship include China's Liang Wen-chong who was Asia's number one in 2007, Singapore's Mardan Mamat and Korean-American rookie David Lipsky who shot to prominence with his maiden victory at the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic and is currently second on the Order of Merit.