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Carl Pettersson aims high

Swede Carl Pettersson has the PGA Tour money list uppermost in his mind at this week's Greensboro Classic in North Carolina.

Boosted by victory at the prestigious Memorial tournament in June, Pettersson lies 14th in the Tour's pecking order with just five events remaining and is eager to break into the top 10 for the first time.

"I've got a little miniature goal for this season, try to finish top 10 on the money list and play well the rest of the year," the 29-year-old told reporters at Forest Oaks Country Club on Wednesday.

"I'd like to try to win again but it's so difficult in golf to win. Tiger (Woods) has been winning every week."

World number one Woods clinched his sixth consecutive PGA Tour title at last week's WGC-American Express Championship in Hertfordshire, England where Pettersson tied for 17th.

"I played pretty good last week, and I played pretty good today," the Swede added, referring to his performance in Wednesday's pro-am.

"I'll just go out this week, try my best and see what happens."

Pettersson, who lives in nearby Raleigh, has made a habit of producing good form towards the end of the PGA Tour season.

He won his maiden Tour title at the Chrysler Championship last October before tying for second place in his final event of the season, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

"I don't know why I seem to play well in the fall, but I do," he said.

"It usually takes me a while to get going but this year I played well in the beginning of the year. So I hope I can have one of my good fall finishes and play well for the last four tournaments."

Pettersson's two-shot victory at the Memorial, which earned him a place in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, did wonders for his self-belief.

"One (PGA Tour) victory is nice but when you get the second one it kind of confirms the first victory," said the Swede, who claimed his only European Tour title at the 2002 Portuguese Open.

"It has given me a lot of confidence and I now know, if I play well, I can win."

The Greensboro Classic, won last year by South Korea's K.J. Choi, starts on Thursday.

October 5, 2006

 




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