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Tiger Woods has one last chance for PGA Tour win

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By DOUG FERGUSON
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 7:45 AM

SHANGHAI -- No longer No. 1 in the world, Tiger Woods said Wednesday that hasn't changed how he sees himself or what he's trying to do at the HSBC Champions.

"I come to the event to win the event," Woods said. "I haven't won an event in about a year. I've gone through periods like this before in the past. In order to become No. 1 in the world, I've won golf tournaments. It's something I haven't done, and it's a matter of going out there and competing and winning."

The HSBC Champions, which starts Thursday at Sheshan International, is the only World Golf Championship he hasn't won.

Woods will be facing a strong field, which features the new No. 1, Lee Westwood. Also playing is defending champion Phil Mickelson and PGA champion Martin Kaymer, who has won three of his last four tournaments. All four of them have a chance to go to No. 1 in the world this week, as the top of the ranking is more crowded than ever.

For Woods, a victory would be especially meaningful now.

He has won a PGA Tour event in each of his 14 seasons, and the HSBC Champions is his last chance for 2010. It would count as an official victory if won by a PGA Tour member. The tour record for consecutive seasons with at least one victory is 17, held by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Woods has not come particularly close to winning all year.

He had a tie for fourth in the Masters, his first tournament since a sex scandal kept him out of golf for nearly five months, and he tied for fourth at the U.S. Open. In both majors, he took himself out of contention early in the final round. Those are the only top 10s he has this year, and Woods has not finished closer than five shots of the winner since June.

In his last competition, he was 9 under through 15 holes in his singles victory over Francesco Molinari at the Ryder Cup.

For Woods to look back to April when he returned to golf, he said there has been only one surprise.

"I never would have foreseen when I returned to the game at the Masters that I would have a new coach and I would be here," he said. "So the game is certainly much different than it was in April."

Woods began working with Sean Foley at the PGA Championship in August, and he said they worked throughout October after the Ryder Cup on trying to nail down a new technique.


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