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Tiger aims for 4th straight NEC title

Tiger Woods has the chance to match the achievements of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen at this week’s WGC-NEC Invitational at Sahalee Country Club, where he will chase a fourth win in a row.

Hagen and Sarazen are the only players in US PGA Tour history to win the same event four consecutive times and Woods, who has triumphed in all three previous stagings of the NEC Invitational, will hope to join them.

Hagen won the USPGA Championship, when it was played over a matchplay format from 1924 to 1927, while Sarazen clinched the Miami Open in 1926 and then from 1928 to 1930. (The Miami Open was not held in 1927.)

World No1 Woods will also be determined to return to winning ways after his rousing four-birdie finish at the US PGA Championship on Sunday was thwarted by surprise winner Rich Beem.

Woods had been bidding for his third major of 2002 but, despite a closing fiveunder-par 67 at Hazeltine, had to settle for second place.

The NEC Invitational, which starts tomorrow, is the third of four World Golf Championship events in the year and 78 players line up in the $5million tournament.

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