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McDowell concedes number one spot


Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has conceded defeat to Martin Kaymer in their battle to be crowned Europe's number one this season.

And after a double bogey seven on the last hole Kaymer then came close to doing the same thing in his bid to dethrone Lee Westwood as world number one.

The 25-year-old German probably has to win the Dubai World Championship for that, but his "very frustrating finish" has left him six strokes behind leader Ian Poulter.

McDowell, meanwhile, is 10 shots back and down in 30th spot after a 69. He needs a third place finish just to have a chance of grabbing the money list title.

"Barring the impossible Europe's number one is not a reality for me any more," he stated.

"Martin is definitely going to do it unless I shoot 55, which unless one of you boys (a handful of reporters) putts for me isn't going to happen."

Poulter's only thoughts are on winning for the second time in eight days.

Last Sunday it was the Hong Kong Open and now he takes a two-stroke lead over Ryder Cup team-mates Ross Fisher and Francesco Molinari and also Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee into the final round.