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McDowell finishes fifth

Graeme McDowell's challenge for the title never really materialised and the Northern Irishman finished fifth as Ian Poulter secured his second victory of the year in the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The US Open champion was two shots off the lead going into the final day, however, he was undone by two bogeys in his first three holes and though he recovered on the back nine with five birdies to record a two-under 68, it was too late to threaten playing partner Poulter, who carded a 67 to seal victory.

McDowell now switches his focus to the Dubai World Championship next week where he hopes to be crowned Europe's number one ahead of current Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer.

Rory McIlroy had narrowly missed out on victory at the Hong Kong Golf Club in the last two years and though he started well this time he was never really in the hunt as the final round progressed.

The 21-year-old bogeyed the first and though he recovered with four birdies over his next 12 holes, another dropped shot on the par-four 14th left him with plenty to do in his remaining holes.

McIlroy birdied the 16th before making par on the last two holes to finish on three under, four shots behind Poulter in sixth.

Gareth Maybin fired the lowest score of the day with an impressive nine-under 61 to finish one shot behind McIlroy, while Darren Clarke hit 68 to come joint 19th.


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