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Winning the Grand Slam -- at least for this year -- is a moot point. But that is not keeping Tiger Woods from attempting to win three of the year's four majors like he did in 2000.

With the Masters and U.S. Open in his pocket, Woods will venture to Hazeltine next week seeking to win a third PGA Championship.

"Three of the four, and right now, myself and [Ben] Hogan are the only ones who have ever won three in the same year," said Woods, who is in the field at this week's Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. "So that would be nice to win three out of four again."

Talk of Woods winning the Grand Slam in 2002 went out the window with an 81 in the third round of the British Open, which Ernie Els won. Woods has not played since his massacre at Muirfield, and took a side trip to Hazeltine earlier this week.

"More than anything, Hazeltine is a driving golf course," Woods said. "You have to get the ball in play. With the rough being up and the greens probably firming up, you've got to get the ball in play in order to attack and make some birdies."

Had Woods won the British Open, he likely would have skipped this week, but he entered soon after returning from the U.K. He said he's comfortable either with a week off before a major or playing, like he is this week -- the Buick Open being one of the tournaments he has never won before.

"I've won the PGA both ways," Woods said. "I've won by playing this event and I've won by not playing. I just wanted to get one more tournament in before that event because I think I've withdrawn from a couple tournaments this year, L.A. and the Western. So I'm trying to get my number up so I get my events in."

And this week should be good preparation for the PGA as 15 of the last 19 major winners are in the field, including defending PGA champion David Toms. Next week will be the first week in which Toms will defend a major. He's looking forward to the week, but also not looking too far ahead.

"Well, coming off two weeks off, I want to get back in the swing of things and start playing well, get some confidence up to finish off the year on a good note," Toms said. "So I'm not looking ahead at all, other than maybe some plans I have to make as far as having to talk to you guys next Wednesday at 3 o'clock and having the Champions Dinner and the clinic on Tuesday. There are little things like that kind of make you look forward to that week and things that you have to do and schedule your time and everything else, as far as not showing up and just playing, practice.

"So I have those things that I have to have in the back of my mind, but as far as playing golf and trying to win, I'm not thinking about it. I'm trying to concentrate on this event and do as well as I can here."

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