“I’m excited to play the event. When you start the year this is the tournament everyone is playing to get into, and hopefully I’ll finish off the year with a good week,” he said.
The 35-year-old won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2011 and has competed across the globe, but the limited-field DP World Championship has eluded him throughout his career.
“You couldn’t have played badly to get here, but I think as golfers we’re never totally happy with our position. There’s always something more that you want,” he said.
Ranked 57th in the Race to Dubai after a strong finish at the Turkish Airlines Open a week ago, Mulroy is looking to capitalise on having squeezed in at the last minute.
“It was a little different on the back nine last week,” he said. “Didn’t know whether to try for birdies or try to avoid mistakes, but really all I had in mind was that top 60.”
With three top-20s from his last four starts, including a sole sixth finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Mulroy has the form to do well in Dubai.
“This is obviously a big week for everybody. A good result here can change your year, because each higher position in the Race to Dubai may lead to something else, something bigger,” he said.
“I’m too far back for any miracle, but I’d like to finish off the year well and get something going before I head back home to South Africa next week.”