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Winning this week's Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth would be some satisfaction for Vijay Singh.

But the world's No. 2-ranked player has a bigger goal - overtaking the game's No. 1 Tiger Woods.

``I won't be fulfilled with all that talk unless I'm No. 1 in the world rankings, and that's my goal,'' the 41-year-old Singh said Wednesday.

``I've made it a goal that I want to finish my career having been ranked No. 1 in the world at least once,'' he added.

``I don't have that many years to go, maybe five or six. But I'm playing good enough and I feel maybe this is the year I could achieve that.''

Singh, who has won three times on the U.S. Tour this year, trails Woods by 2.27 points. Because of the complex calculations tied into the ranking system, not even a victory this week would propel him past Woods.

Instead, he will have to content himself with trying to beat the best Europe can offer - including world No. 3 Ernie Els - when play opens Thursday in the flagship event of the European Tour.

Singh has played this tournament 10 times with a best finish in his last appearance - 7th place in 2001. He has also played several times at Wentworth in the autumn World Match Play Championship, winning it in 1997 when he beat Els in the final.

He led the U.S. Tour in earnings last year, though Woods was voted Player of the Year by his peers.

``That was a disappointing loss, you can say. I thought I did enough to win that and everybody said they thought I should have won. At the same time, they (players) are the ones who voted.''

Singh has been playing the best golf of his life for the last two years.

``I'm working out really hard and I feel I'm stronger now than I was at 25,'' he said.

``I'm driving the ball straighter. I'm pretty much quite sure where my golf swing is going,'' he said. ``If I hit a bad shot, I know pretty much how to fix it and I can fix my golf shots on the golf course when I'm playing tournaments.''

``And physically I'm strong. I don't get tired anymore when I finish playing and I'm in the gym when I finish practicing. You put all that together, here I am.''

Singh said he learned a lot playing full-time in Europe early in his career.

``I played with the best of the guys, like Seve (Ballesteros) and Nick (Faldo) when they were at their best. I wasn't at their standard but I learned a lot from that. They taught me how tough you have to be to go out there and play.''

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