Ian Poulter hopes his experience at the DP World Tour Championship can help maintain his positive start to this year's tournament.
Poulter shares a four-way lead with Martin Kaymer, Andy Sullivan and Marcus Fraser after the opening round in Dubai, the quartet carding six-under-par rounds of 66 to hold a one shot advantage.
It was a welcome return to form for the 39-year-old Englishman after a difficult year on tour that has seen him drop out of the top 50 in the world rankings.
Now he hopes to boost his ranking points by playing consistently this week and challenging for the win on Sunday.
"It was a good round of golf," he said. "I took care of the par threes and fours today, and left a few out there on the par fives.
"I've played very well today to come in at six-under-par, but there's a long way to go.
"It's a golf course I do like, I've had some low rounds on this course, I've got some pretty good experience around here and I like the way it sets up."
He added: "There's a lot at stake. I think more of it is probably pride than anything else. Dropping outside the top 50 isn't very nice. Being down the list on the Order of Merit is not very nice.
"And wanting to put some points on the board for Ryder Cup would definitely be very helpful. So it would be nice to finish strong."