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Garcia eyes world number two spot

Sergio Garcia
Garcia rose from 12th to third in the world this season

World number three Sergio Garcia has set his sights on becoming the world's next-best player behind Tiger Woods.

He wants to overtake the current world number two Phil Mickelson, starting with a good performance at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.

"If I play well, I can really move fairly close to that second spot in the world," Garcia said.

"So it's something exciting, something that I'm driving toward and this is a good week to have a chance at it."

The opening tournament of the 2009 European Tour gets under way on Thursday.

The $5 million (3.1m) event has attracted some of the game's leading players with six of the world's top 10 competing at the Sheshan Golf Club.

Garcia has moved up the world rankings with victories this year in The Players Championship and the Castello Masters. He's also finished second or tied for second in four events on the European and US Tours.

The 28-year-old Spaniard trails Mickelson by less than a point in the world rankings. To overtake the American this weekend, Garcia must win and hope for a poor performance from Mickelson, who is the defending champion.

Garcia finished the 2007 PGA Tour season as the world number 12.

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