Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen are those three players with Westwood chasing his third successive victory in the event.
Westwood is the only player in this year's field to have won the event previously and his most recent form suggests that a treble is not beyond him.
Rose is laying some of the best golf of his life having finished runner-up at what were effectively Tour Championships on either side of the Atlantic. He sensational last round in Dubai so nearly earned him the Dubai World Championship.
Rose has not won this event previously but he has finished runner-up so his chances of success are very good before he heads to Sydney to play the Australian Open.
Oosthuizen is in the middle of a remarkable run of form which has included five consecutive top tens in his last five starts. He has not won since the Malaysian Open victory earlier this year but he appears primed to do so.
The tournament not only carries a first prize of US$1250,000 but even the last placed golfer amongst the twelve in the field is guaranteed US$250,000.