Race for Dubai golf hots up

DUBAI - Graeme McDowell will look to steal a march on Martin Kaymer in the race to Dubai this week as the 2010 European Tour international schedule moves closer to its thrilling conclusion, according to a press note.

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Published: Fri 19 Nov 2010, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:17 AM

The Northern Irishman travels to the UBS Hong Kong Open for his fourth tournament appearance in a row and will be keen to eat into the German’s advantage at the top with Kaymer having decided to take the penultimate week off to prepare for the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World at the Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 25 to 28.

McDowell closed the gap slightly after last week’s Barclays Singapore Open, a share of third place at Sentosa Golf Club.

“All golfers have goals and, after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach, my two main goals for the year were to wint the Ryder Cup and then win the race to Dubai,” said McDowell.

“I was lucky enough to get the first one done and the second is the reason I am playing five weeks in a row at the end of the season. I’ve always said I want to get to Dubai within touching distance of Martin and where a win in the tournament would mean I would win the race to Dubai. That hasn’t changed and hopefully I can continue to make inroads this week in Hong Kong,” he added.

The golfer is looking forward to the Dubai trip. “I didn’t drive the ball well at Jumeirah last year but I feel like I’ve made big steps in my golf game this year, especially my driving, so I’m looking forward to going to Dubai again and see how it sets up for this year. I feel really privileged to be in this position, going into the Dubai World Championship. Obviously a big week is required in Hong Kong to be as close to Martin as I can going there, considering the season he has had. So I’ll be trying my hardest to do just that,” he said.

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