Tiger Gunning for Sixth Straight TOUR Win

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2006 WGC American Express ChampionshipTime for some players to shake off the disappointment, and for others to parlay some much deserved momentum.
 
Four days after Europe routed the United States for its third straight Ryder Cup, 11 players from both sides will be together again as part of a select field for the American Express Championship -- the third of four World Golf Championships events in 2006.
 
Tiger Woods, his team's leading point earner at the Ryder Cup, is the defending champion and a four-time winner at this event. Last year, he walked away with the victory only after John Daly missed a three-foot par putt on the second playoff hole.
 
Overall in WGC events, Woods has won 11-of-21 starts since the series' inception in 1999. Those 11 wins include the last WGC event, the Bridgestone Invitational in August, where Woods beat Stewart Cink as part of his run of five consecutive winning starts.
 
Technically, Woods' streak can still be extended to six starts if he wins this weekend.
 
He was beaten by Shaun Micheel in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship two weeks ago, but that event is not co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour. This week's event is.
 
Although Woods is an obvious favorite to win, competition will be stiff from a field that includes almost all of the world's best players.
 
Players from the European Ryder Cup team include Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlsson, Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood.
 
Only Paul McGinley wasn't invited, due to his position outside of the world top 50 and the European Tour Order of Merit top 20.
 
Woods will also being competing against nine United States Ryder Cup teammates -- Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, J.J. Henry, Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Brett Wetterich -- as well as captain Tom Lehman.
 
Phil Mickelson and Vaughn Taylor are the only American Ryder Cuppers not in the field.
 
Throw players like Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh into the mix and you have one of the best fields of the season for a tournament that will be broadcast in more than 140 countries.
 
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