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.

However, the German still sits four strokes ahead of his rival in 11th place and now looks a cert to top the order of merit today.

McDowell said: “Unless I shoot a closing 55 Martin is going to win the Race to Dubai.

“I’ve learned a lot about him in the last couple of months. He’s extremely driven and doesn’t show much emotion.

“Martin is the best and has been one of the top performers in the world this year. He certainly deserves everything he has achieved.”