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Tiger struggling to cope with body changes?

Vijay Singh thinks the main reason he has replaced Tiger Woods as world number one is the American's failure to adapt to changes in his body.

Singh, who ended Woods's five-year reign at the top of the rankings last month, is aiming for his fourth successive victory at this week's Dunhill Links Championship.

"I think it's his (Woods's) body change," the Fijian told a news conference on Wednesday. "As you get older you have to keep adjusting to your golf swing, your body does not stay the same.

"When he first came on the scene he was extremely strong.

"I'm not saying he's not strong but you do slow down a little bit, so the golf swing has to match your body ability.

"I have adjusted accordingly and for the better and I don't think he has done that."

Singh is seeking his second 2004 European Tour title, though the 41-year-old Fijian's main aim is to win 10 times on this year's U.S. Tour.

Singh took over as world number one when he claimed the Deutsche Bank Championship in September, and he then won twice in succession at the Canadian Open and Pennsylvania Classic, making it five wins in six tournaments.

Now the triple major champion is targeting his ninth and 10th titles with only three more U.S. tour events to come.

"Two out of the last three, it's going to be a tall order," Singh said. "But I've just won five out of six, so I'm sure I'm capable of doing that."

Singh, whose U.S. PGA Championship success counted as a European Tour win, chases his first title in Europe this year against a field including world number two Ernie Els.

Victory in the tournament played over British Open venues St Andrews and Carnoustie, along with the relatively new Kings Barns course, would mean four successive victories for Singh, this one worth $800,000.

"I'm excited," Singh said. "I know everybody's eyes are going to be on me and they are going to want to know what I'm doing.

"I want to go out there and feel like I can contend and if I'm up there on Sunday, I have a good chance to pull it off."

Singh puts his consistent form down to a significant improvement in his putting and to working out twice a day. He believes that maintaining a gruelling fitness programme might keep him at the top for another five or six years.

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