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McDowell remains in contention

Graeme McDowell lies in a tie for third at the Singapore Open on nine under as he failed to capitalise on a fast start to eventually card a 68.

McDowell had spoken prior to the tournament of his aim to reduce Martin Kaymer's lead in the Race to Dubai standings, and the Northern Irishman set about his task in determined fashion.

The 31-year-old recorded birdies on the first four holes before a bogey on five checked his progress. That was to prove the sum total of his scoring as a birdie on the 13th was given back at the very next hole.

Adam Scott took control of the tournament after a second-round 65 saw the Australian establish a two-stroke advantage.

Ian Poulter hauled himself back into contention with a fabulous 63 at the Tanjon course.

The defending champion found himself languishing down the leaderboard on two under par, but after going out in 34, Poulter picked up six birdies on the way back - including at the last courtesy of a monster 80-foot putt - to move within two of Scott.

McDowell was joined in third by Fredrik Andersson Hed and Kang Kyun-nam, who returned rounds of 65 and 67 respectively, and Joost Luiten, who was tearing up the Tanjon course with the Dutchman six under for his round through 12 holes before darkness called a halt to proceedings.

Gareth Maybin dropped down the leaderboard after a one-over-par 72 saw him slip to a 14-way tie for 26th place at five under.


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