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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Graeme on top as Kaymer crumbles

Martin Kaymer has a huge task on his hands this weekend if the young German is to take over Tiger Woods's top spot in the world.

Kaymer needs to finish in the top two in the Andalucia Masters tomorrow in Spain but the 25-year-old from Dusseldorf trails leader Graeme McDowell by 11 shots at the halfway stage and second-placed Gareth Maybin by nine.

A wayward three-over-par 74 by Kaymer left him struggling just to make the cut on four-over (146), while his playing partner McDowell produced an exhilarating 67 to lie seven-under after yesterday's second round. McDowell has to make up more than a million euro on Kaymer on Europe's money list with just five events to go, and the US Open champion could whittle off a big chunk of that deficit this week.

His splendid return of four-under-par for the back nine propelled McDowell not only past his compatriot Maybin but gave a masterclass to Kaymer.

Shots like McDowell's approach to just three inches on the 14th were not in US PGA champion Kaymer's locker.

Englishman Lee Westwood, at home resting an injured calf, will become world number one if Kaymer does not achieve his top-two goal tomorrow.

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