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Vijay Singh to be more aggressive on the course

Vijay Singh has set his sights on regaining the world number one ranking from Tiger Woods, despite not producing his best golf this year.

Second-ranked Singh, who ended Woods's five-year reign at the top in September 2004, was 9.11 points behind the American when the latest rankings were issued on Monday.

"It's always in the back of your mind to get up there and I want to do that," Fijian Singh told reporters on Wednesday as he prepared for this week's Players Championship.

"I think I'm capable of doing that. I've stepped up and taken charge of my own physical side and my golf game as well.

"I'm going to try very hard to do that but it's not going to happen in the next two or three weeks as far behind as I am.

"I'm nearly 10 points behind him and that's huge. That's 10 wins," the 43-year-old added with a wide smile. "He's not going to stop winning either."

Singh disagreed with the notion that Woods's closest rivals often backed down when the 10-times major champion was in contention for a title.

"I was talking to somebody the other day and it seems like people are thinking that the top guys have almost conceded," he said.

"It's like we arrive at the golf tournament and they've conceded if Tiger is playing.

"That's a feeling I don't have. I'm more aggressive. I want to go out there and take it on.

"If my golf game just gets around like it was, sure, I'll be there. I'm working very hard towards that."

Three-times major winner Singh accepts he needs to raise his game a notch or two after producing five top-10 finishes in seven PGA Tour starts this season without clinching victory.

"My level of play has dropped, not out of neglect or anything," he said. "It's just the way it goes. Golf is a weird game."

The hard-working Fijian was the hottest player in the game from mid-2003 until the end of last year, winning 17 PGA Tour titles. Last year, he piled up record earnings of $10,905,166 on the U.S. Tour.

"I've got to take the lows with the highs and right now I'm not up there," Singh said. "I'm not competing every week like I did two years ago or last year, and I'm trying to get back to that feeling again.

"I saw a little glimpse last week," he added, referring to his seventh place at the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Florida. "I've been doing good on the driving range but not taking it on the golf course.

"It's disappointing being up there and not feeling the same level of excitement, the same adrenaline you felt a year ago. Hopefully I can get it back this week."

The Players Championship starts on Thursday.

March 23, 2006

 




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