Graeme McDowell is hoping to begin his season in style in what will be a strong field for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

McDowell looking for fast start in Abu Dhabi

McDowell looking for fast start in Abu Dhabi

The 38-year-old has suffered an alarming dip in form over the past couple of years that has seen him slip from the world's top 15 to 185th.

The Northern Irishman is without a win anywhere in the world since the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November 2015 while his last success on the European Tour was at the Alstom Open de France in 2014.

'G-Mac' has already stated he has a five-year plan to get his game back on track as he targets a place in the European Ryder Cup team once again, and will tee it up in the UEA in mid-January.

McDowell did manage a share of 10th place at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in early November and is hoping to take that momentum into 2018 and beyond.

"After a very positive end to my 2017 season and some hard work ahead over the Christmas break, I’m looking forward to starting my 2018 season again in Abu Dhabi," he said. "The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship always provides wonderful playing conditions - it’s a great way to kick-off the year."