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Mickelson aiming for third Buick win

After the relatively low-key nature of last week's Pebble Beach pro-am, the US Tour gets serious this week as the world's top players move to Torrey Pines for the Buick Invitational.

Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut last week, is aiming for a record third straight victory in the event, while Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal and Jesper Parnevik lead the European challenge.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods is under pressure to perform, but much of the attention will be on Mickelson as he tries to become the first man to win three Buick titles in successive years.

Mickelson won the Buick for the first time in 1993 and then won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, clinching victory in a play-off.

"Given the fact that I've played here so many times and know the greens, I always like coming back here," Mickelson said on arrival at Torrey Pines this week.

"But it's as tough a course as there is. It's tight off the tee and the greens are totally different."

Woods, who last week said he was approaching his best form once again and who won the title in 1999, and Fiji's Vijay Singh are among those likely to be in contention.

Pebble Beach winner Matt Gogel is also in the field, while Englishmen Luke Donald and Paul Casey will represent England.


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