Robert Karlsson has been rewarded for his excellent form by climbing into the world’s top 20, while Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has slipped out of the top ten.
Karlsson had a 2009 to forget, picking up only one top-25 finish and only making five cuts. However, 2010 has been a different story, with the weekend’s play-off victory over Ian Poulter for the Dubai World Championship being his crowning moment.
Ian Poulter let the ball slip out of his hand, and with it went the Dubai World Championship, £250,000 and some Wimbledon Tickets!
Sizing up a 30-foot putt in the playoff, Poulter dropped his ball on his marker, moving it and incurring a one-stroke penalty that effectively gave the victory to Sweden’s Robert Karlsson.
GRAEME McDOWELL last night admitted defeat in the Race to Dubai and hailed Martin Kaymer as the new king of European golf.
The Northern Irishman headed into the Dubai World Championship event with high hopes of pipping Kaymer to top spot.
But he needs to finish first or second to have any chance of denying the German and sits 10 strokes off the lead after the third round.
McDowell played his best round of the week yesterday as a 69 moved him to two under while Kaymer hit a horror 73.