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Vijay Singh looking for victory in Qatar

World number two Vijay Singh is eager to get back to winning ways as he prepares to face holder Ernie Els at this week's Qatar Masters.

Singh, who enjoyed a spectacular season in 2004 when he dethroned Tiger Woods as world number one for a spell, has not won an event since the Buick Open last July.

"I have no particular career ambitions in the new season. But I am keen to win my first title and get back into the winning habit," Singh told reporters after arriving in Doha on Tuesday for the $2 million tournament starting on Thursday.

The 42-year-old finished eighth in Abu Dhabi last week, where he was pre-tournament favourite.

He was sixth in the Sony Open in Honolulu and just missed out on winning the season-opening Mercedes Championships earlier this month after being edged out in a playoff with Stuart Appleby.

With Woods in action at this week's Buick Invitational in San Diego, Singh is the top ranked player in Qatar where South African Els will be hoping for a second consecutive title.

The world number five will also be hoping to equal a European Tour record if he matches Bernhard Langer's mark of 69 consecutive cuts.

Singh said his ranking was less important to him than playing well.

"I feel rankings or new goals for the new season are not so important.

"What is important to me is to play well. I think if I play well the rest will be taken care of by itself. That's what I am looking forward to doing -- to play hard golf and win," he said.

The Fijian said he was looking forward to a challenging course in Doha.

"I have heard that the DGC course is much harder than what I saw in Abu Dhabi where it was softer in nature. That's good news for me, it really excites me," he said. "I hope I can perform better here than in Abu Dhabi.

"The only thing that worries me is my body clock. It is yet to adjust itself to the Middle East time. It's still in the process of adjusting," he said.

January 25, 2006

 




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