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McDowell closes in on Poulter

Graeme McDowell has no special game plan in place as he attempts to boost his Race to Dubai hopes by lifting the UBS Hong Kong Open trophy on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman produced a strong back-nine performance to move within two strokes of Ian Poulter, who carded birdies on his last two holes to claim the outright lead.

"I'm not going to change my game plan," said McDowell after firing the lowest score of the day with a seven-under 63.

"I feel like I've played this golf course the way it needs to be played for me.

"There are times to attack and there are times to be conservative out there, and I think I've been reading the golf course well from that point of view. I've been coming here for many years and I know this golf course very well.

"I fully expect to have to shoot 65 to have a chance to win and, like I say, I'm not going to have to do anything differently. Just keep playing the way I'm playing."

McDowell is currently second to Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai, and with the German deciding to skip the event, a win on Sunday for the US Open champion will see him close the gap on the European Tour's money list.

Rory McIlroy is four strokes adrift of Poulter after a third-round 66, while Darren Clarke's superb 64 lifted him to 10 under.

Gareth Maybin (68) and Michael Hoey (69) are two shots back at eight under.

Irish duo Peter Lawrie (72) and Paul McGinley (73) are at two under and level par respectively.


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