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Garcia sets sights on Woods in 2002

Spaniard Sergio Garcia has set his sights on becoming the number-one golfer on both sides of the Atlantic, and feels he is close to catching Tiger Woods.

Garcia won twice in the USA last season to add to a victory in the Lancome Trophy in France, and intends to maintain his playing privileges on both sides of the border.

"I want to be number one in America and win their money list," the 21-year-old said.

"If I could win a major, a WGC event and one other counting event, that could be good enough for the order of merit.

"But I am playing 11 tournaments that qualify for Europe's order of merit and I see no reason why I should not win it as well. I want to be number one on both sides of the Atlantic."

Woods is the main barrier to Garcia fulfilling his ambitions, but the Spaniard is by no means intimidated, and feels the American has brought the best out in his rivals.

"Of course he (Woods) is catchable," he said. "I strongly feel I am closer to him than before. Part of it is the ball - it is going so far that his length is not the advantage it was when he first came out - but part of it is his own fault.

"He has reset the bar and we are all having to work harder to get better. That is thanks to him."

Garcia finished sixth on the 2001 US order of merit with earnings of $2,898,635 from just 18 events, and although he ended up 27th on the season-ending European Tour money list, he played in only 10 tournaments.


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