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McDowell Falters in Dubai, Leaves Open Road for Kaymer – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 26th, 2010 by Chalk

McDowell Falters in Dubai, Leaves Open Road for Kaymer
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Graeme McDowell went to Dubai playing great in his past few tournaments and as the only golfer with a chance to keep Martin Kaymer from claiming the title of No. 1 Golfer in Europe and taking a $1.5 million bonus for finishing first in the Race to Dubai points race. Unfortunately, McDowell hasn’t been able to break par in his first two rounds at the Dubai World Championship.

McDowell, who needs to finish in the top three to have any chance of catching Kaymer in the points race, is tied for 42nd at +1, 10 shots behind co-leaders Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter (-9). World No. 1 Lee Westwood is one shot behind Fisher and Poulter at -8, while Kaymer is two shots back, tied for third with Paul Casey and Thongchai Jaidee. Meanwhile, World No. 3 Kaymer could take the World No. 1 spot from Westwood if he can win the tournament.

McDowell was understandably disappointed with his play, but still hopeful he could make an epic comeback over the tournament’s final two days. “Just simple, stupid mistakes – the sign of a man whose head is not very sharp,” said McDowell. “But I’m going to give it 100 per cent – everything I have left – and it’s not over. Two 65s are not out of the question.”

Kaymer said his focus has always been on winning this weekend’s tournament, but admits McDowell’s poor play takes some pressure off.

My priority is to win the golf tournament, and if I win here, then nobody can catch me.  That’s my goal. Sure, it makes it a little bit easier.  If he would be leading the tournament, there would be more pressure.  But, what I said, it’s the most important thing to win here.

Westwood was the pre-tournament favorite at 6/1. Kaymer was at 12/1, while World No. 9 McDowell and No. 11 Poulter were rated at 14/1. No. 29 Fisher came in at 28/1, while No. 7 Casey was 16/1 and No. 85 Jaidee was at 66/1.

 
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