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McDowell gunning for Dubai top spot

Graeme McDowell plans to build on a recent run of form at the UBS Hong Kong Open this week and give himself the best possible chance of winning the Race to Dubai.

The Northern Irishman trails Martin Kaymer by just over £320,000 after finishing third at the Singapore Open and can further eat into the German's advantage with another good performance considering the the US PGA champion has decided to skip the event.

"This is a very important week, Martin's not playing this week and it's a golf course where I have performed pretty well in the past," said McDowell.

"It's important that I get as close as I possibly can going into Dubai next week and like I say, with Martin not being here this week, it's an opportunity to put some more numbers on the board.

"The game is in good shape coming off the back of a decent week last week in Singapore and I'm very much looking forward to the week."

Joining McDowell in Hong Kong are the likes of defending champion Gregory Bourdy and fellow Ryder Cup stars Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, with the Englishman no doubt hoping to erase the memory of a disappointing end to the weather-affected Singapore Open.

When the fourth and final round was suspended until Monday after a lengthy suspension due to thunderstorms, Poulter trailed leader Adam Scott by just three strokes with 10 holes remaining. However, he struggled upon the resumption of play, carding a bogey and a double bogey on the back nine to finish in a share of sixth place.

"It was a disappointing week," said Poulter. "I really should have capitalised on the good shots I hit.

"My score was no reflection on how I played. I had 14 birdie opportunities after the fourth hole, which was my last birdie. Not to make one of those is more than disappointing.

"We'll just bring that into this week and last week is over. It's out of my mind, I'm over it, and I move on."


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