DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tiger Woods picked up right where he left off last week - at the top of the leaderboard.
Woods, who won the Buick Invitational on Sunday by eight strokes, shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
"I played well today, just a bunch of good golf shots," Woods said after his bogey-free round at the Emirates Golf Club.
Eleven players, including Miguel Angel Jimenez and Abu Dhabi Golf Championship winner Martin Kaymer, were tied for second at 67. Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and defending champion Henrik Stenson were tied with 10 others another stroke back.
Woods said he played better in Dubai than he did last week at Torrey Pines.
"I had two good days of practice the last couple days and started to hit the ball a lot better than I did last week," said Woods, who won the Dubai tournament in 2006.
POULTER CLARIFIES QUOTES ON TIGER: Ian Poulter said Thursday a British golf magazine took his words out of context when it quoted him as saying when he reached his potential he would be the only one capable of challenging Tiger Woods.
"The trouble is I don't rate anyone else," Poulter was quoted in the March edition of Golf World U.K. "Don't get me wrong, I really respect every professional golfer, but I know I haven't played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger."
PGA: Charles Warren and Kevin Sutherland shared a one-stroke lead in front of a record opening-round crowd of 83,657 on a crisp, clear day at the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Phil Mickelson overcame a pair of early bogeys on par-5 holes and was in a group of 12 three shots back. Twenty-four players were still on the course when play was suspended because of darkness.
LOVE SET TO RETURN: Davis Love III plans to play next week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his first tournament since he had surgery on his left ankle to repair torn tendons.