The Dubai Desert Classic brings together some of the best European Tour players on the circuit.
Sergio Garcia is defending the title he won 12 months ago.
But there is a stellar field, with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson also gunning for the trophy.
Garcia said ahead of the tournament: “The goals are still the same.”
“Trying to keep improving, keep getting better in all aspects of the game, just like I try to do every year.
“Try to put myself in winning situations like I did last week and try to cope with them the best way possible and give myself chances at winning tournaments.
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“I don’t know if it’s going to be one, six, two, three or what’s going to happen but at least if I feel like I’m getting better, like I keep putting myself in those situations, that’s already an achievement and then you try to take as many as you can.
“For me last year, winning here against Henrik with Henrik playing well and myself playing well, and kind of keeping him off my back throughout the whole day, I think that was the most important thing mentally.
“That helped me a lot. It gave me more confidence as I went on through the year.”
Ernie Els said: It’s a wonderful field here. All the way from the US and South Africa, all the way around the world, this is really one of the strongest fields running into Augusta.
“Obviously it says a lot for the tournament. It gives the tournament a lot of credibility when Augusta winners come out of here.”
Source : EXPRESS