40/141.00 Robert MacIntyre has been a strong starter here
40/141.00 Adrian Otaegui also goes low early in the desert
50/151.00 Jorge Campillo has twice fired 65 on this course
Weather forecast for Thursday
Temperatures, as expected, will be in the high 80s and approaching 90 degrees in the afternoon.
Wind speeds vary between 8mph and 12mph either side of midday but play should be finished when it gusts towards 20mph later in the day.
The 50 players are divided into 25 two-balls, the first duo teeing off at 08.30 and the last at 12.45.
Robert MacIntyre should feel the good vibes again this week as he reunites with the majority of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team.
The Scot played his part in that memorable victory in Rome and I'm hoping he'll puff his chest out and flourish again in round one.
MacIntyre has had three finishes of 26th or better in the four events he's played since the Ryder Cup, the highlight a top six in the Qatar Masters.
That liking for desert golf has shown itself in the United Arab Emirates too with 12 of his 17 starts in the country resulting in top 25s.
In four cracks at this event, he's twice started out with 68s and they were good enough for second place after day one in 2020 and fifth following the first lap in 2021.
A first-round leader (64) at the Made in Himmerland in July, MacIntyre was third after 18 holes and second through 36 in Qatar a couple of weeks ago.
Back him to shine from his 11.55 tee-time.
Adrian Otaegui certainly qualifies as a course horse this week.
He was fourth on his second appearance in 2018 and in two visits since has finished 14th and 16th.
In 2018 his 66 secured a piece of the first-round lead and he matched that score on day two in 2020.
Again showing his liking for desert events, the Spaniard was fifth in last year's Qatar Masters and the halfway leader of that event in 2018 when again cracking the top 10.
More recently, he's ended the first 18 holes inside the top five at September's Open de France and October's Andalucia Masters, setting out with 66s both times.
Otaegui tees it up from the 1st at 09.55.
Jorge Campillo has yet to throw in a low number on day one at the Earth Course but that doesn't mean he can't shoot low scores here.
The Spaniard fired a sparkling 65 in round two last year and also fired 7-under in his closer on debut in 2016.
Thanks to those efforts, he's banked two top 10s in five starts here.
With a win and two second places in the Qatar Masters, Campillo is clearly adept at desert golf while he's a strong Thursday scorer too.
The 37-year-old was the 18-hole leader at the KLM Open in May, fourth after day one at Wentworth in September and has opened with a round in the 60s in four of his last five starts.
With current form of 19th in the Andalucia Masters, runner-up in Qatar and 12th in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge, confidence is high and he can go well in the company of Viktor Hovland, the pair starting off at 11.40.