Continuing his consistent play, Tiger moved within two of the lead with a 3-under 69 on Friday.
Tiger answered questions from reporters following the first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
With stellar ball-striking, Tiger opened the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with a 2-under 70.
Following his practice round with Rory McIlroy, Tiger spoke with assembled media in the UAE.
Tiger will begin his 2012 season Thursday in the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Woods will make his season debut next week in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Tiger will make his 2012 PGA Tour debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Feb. 9-12.
Tiger rang in the New Year with his 36th birthday and served as an honorary captain for Stanford.