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Kaymer and McDowell face off


Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

The start of the Ashes will dominate the sporting headlines, but there is another head-to-head clash that gets under way tomorrow - and it is certainly worth a lot more money.

The last leg of the race to be Europe's number one this season has come down to a straight fight between German Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell. They tee off together at the Dubai World Championship where the event carries a first prize of almost £777,000, but there is also a bonus prize of £932,024 for topping the money list.

"I want to look Martin in the eye and say 'Let's go'," said US Open champion McDowell, who trails by nearly £250,000. "If you put it in horse racing expressions, he's had a 25-length lead and I'm coming up the inside rail now. We've got one fence left and I feel like I'm coming strong."

McDowell will finish top if he wins the tournament. If he finishes second on his own US PGA champion Kaymer would have to be third to win the Order of Merit, while if McDowell comes third Kaymer has to be in the top 20.

Anything worse than third and McDowell cannot catch his Ryder Cup teammate.