Paul McGinley hopes the pressures of being Europe's Ryder Cup captain will not adversely affect his performances on the course this season.
The Irishman opened with a solid two-under at the Thailand Open in Bangkok to lie six shots behind first-round leader Koumei Oda.
The 46-year-old, who mixed four birdies with two dropped shots, admitted he was wary of the complications previous Ryder Cup captains have faced when trying to continue their playing careers.
"It is a challenge, there is no doubt about that," said McGinley, whose compatriot Padraig Harrington carded a 67 along with Ryder Cup hopeful Chris Wood.
"I think history proves that being Ryder Cup captain always takes a toll on a captain's playing career.
"I am aware of that history and all the stuff that goes on, but I would like to think I am going to be different and I am going to play well over the next two years. Certainly it is a good motivating factor for me.
"I am playing in America next week and then I have a few weeks off and then I play in China and Korea.
"I have got a good bit of golf coming up and the Ryder Cup stuff I am going to park for the next six weeks and I am going to be a golfer and I am looking forward to that."