posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 01:10 PM
Former world No.1 Tiger Woods says he is determined to rise to the top of the world rankings again.
Fijian Vijay Singh ended Woods' six-year stint at the top in September 2004 after he won the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.
Woods dropped to third a month later as South African Ernie Els continued his strong season, but will start as the world No.2 when the 2005 PGA Tour
begins at the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii on Thursday.
All three players are part of the top-class field for the event and Woods says he is focused on making a good start after working hard on his
"I'm always hungry heading into every season," Woods told BBC Sport. "I've worked my tail off this past year."
Woods finished the 2004 Tour with only one victory but won his last two events of the year - the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan and the Target World
Championship event in California - and is feeling confident after developing his swing with new coach Hank Haney.
"The results I had towards the end of the year just made it so exciting," he added.