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Woods, Singh continue No. 1 duel

IRVING, Texas, May 11 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh continue their battle for the world's No. 1 ranking Thursday in the first round of the Byron Nelson Classic.

The top five players in the rankings and six of the top eight will be on hand to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Nelson's magical year -- one in which he captured a record 11 straight tournaments.

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Nelson, who greets each player as he finishes his round, is the major factor for this tourney drawing an excellent field each year.

Woods and Singh will be joined by Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and defending champion Sergio Garcia.

The only Americans ranked in the top 20 not playing this week will be No. 6 Chris DiMarco, No. 10 David Toms and No. 16 Davis Love III.

Nelson, 92, again demonstrated his public relations skills this week when he showed up at the airport to greet Goosen -- a player who is making his first appearance in the event.

Singh won last week in North Carolina by overcoming a six-stroke deficit and then downing Garcia and Jim Furyk in a playoff.

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