Tiger Woods has said he is looking forward to getting underway this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship against what he described as an “incredible” field.

Woods, who is making his first appearance of 2012 when he tees it up on

Thursday in a group with Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, also said he is also

looking forward to tackling the course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The former world number one also stated it was his performances in Australia that were the catalyst for his first win in over two years at the Chevron World Challenge.

Speaking before his first practice round, Woods said: “I’m looking forward to it. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the golf course. I know it’s a long one but somehow the scores seem to be pretty low so it’ll be nice to get out there and take a look at it.”

Watch the full interview below.