Tiger Woods hoping to make history at Omega Desert Classic by becoming first three-time champion
The 14-time Major Champion is contesting the second of four events in a five-week period after last week ending a 17-month full return to competition at the Farmers Insurance Open in California.
And after being caught-up in demonstrations at Los Angeles Airport over a President Trump executive order, Woods and his entourage arrived in Dubai where he won in both 2006 and 2008.
However after being World No.3 seven years ago in winning on the Majlis course at the Emirates Club, Woods stepped off his Emirates Airline flight as the current World No.666.
He got his first look at the course on Tuesday and then competed in the Pro-Am where after he spoke of the same goal he had mentioned a week earlier at Torrey Pines.
"If I'm teeing it up, that's the goal," he said. "The goal is to win it.
Woods on the eighth hole at the Omega Desert Classic in Dubai
"Over the course of my career, I have been less successful at winning golf tournaments than winning tournaments but the goal is to win and that doesn't change.
"Whether I'm injured, coming off an injury or I'm playing well or I'm playing poorly, if I'm in the event, it's to win the event.
"I've had lean years there where I didn't win. I think I have ten years where I won five or more tournaments but there have also been years where I didn't win a thing and I struggled. I was changing my game and I did not play well.
"I just like to put myself in contention as many times as I possibly can to get those wins and this is a good week to start off doing that."
However, Woods was not his sharpest in the Pro-Am and put that down to a phone call from his mother, Kultida.
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Woods admits he has had to alter his game due to injury and age
“I'm feeling pretty good but then I'm tired as my mom called me about two in the morning last night and woke me up, and asked me how I was doing," said Woods.
"I said, "Mom, you realise there's a nine-hour time difference?" And so I'll get a good rest this afternoon and be ready for tomorrow."
Woods was an interested spectator last week as tennis great Roger Federer came back from six months out with injury to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the age of 35 at the Australian Open.
Were Woods to go on to claim a 15th Major he would have achieved a similar feat and he admits, much like Federer, he has had to alter his game due to injury and age.
"As you get older, you change your game and you do things slightly differently and he did that," he said.
"I'm not going to be hitting balls like some of these guys, 340 out there. I watched Dustin (Johnson) carry a ball last week when it was cold, wet and damp and he carried it 335.
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"Jason (Day) and I just looked at each other going, "We don't have that".
"So you do it differently. If you look at the list of guys who have shot below 60, you realise Jim Furyk's on there twice. He averages 270 off the tee, shoots two rounds under 60. So it can be done different ways.
"The simplest thing is I just play away from pain. That's it. Whether my swing looks classical, rhythmical or it may look unorthodox, I don't care. As long as I don't feel that nerve pain."
And winning in 2006 and 2008, Woods knows what it takes to conquer Emirates Golf Club and he is expecting a tough test should the expected high winds arrive.
"It's going to be tough if it gets windy," he said. "It's going to be tough to hit the fairways and these greens will dry out pretty quickly. They are a little on the firm side already in certain spots. Other spots are on the softer side.
"But if we get the winds that we're supposed to get then these greens are going to get quick, hard and fast and it's going to be imperative to hit the ball in the fairway because you just can't spin the ball out of this rough."
Woods begins his Omega Dubai Desert Classic opening round at 4.15am (UK time) in the company of Masters Champion, Danny Willett and reigning DP World Tour Championship winner, Matthew Fitzpatrick.