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Kaymer can take over as world number one

German needs to up game to take over from Woods

Posted Oct 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Martin Kaymer

German machine Martin Kaymer can confirm himself as World Number One this weekend but he needs to finish in the top two of the Andalucia Masters to take over from Tiger Woods as the best in the world.
Should Kaymer, who had four bogeys in his first round, not finish in the top two, the absent Lee Westwood, who is resting his calf injury, would replace Woods at the top after the American’s 281-week reign at the top of the pile.
Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal leads by two from Graeme McDowell after a fine 66.
Kaymer also has another title to look out for. He is currently top of the European Tour money list, the Race to Dubai, but has McDowell breathing down his neck and with half a million euros on offer to the winner this week, McDowell knows he needs to be challenging at the top to put pressure on his Ryder Cup teammate.
It promises to be a mesmerizing few days golf and with the comedown of the Ryder Cup still very much in evidence, it’s great to see such fantastic competition late in the year.
Kaymer, the US Open champion, told the BBC: “I’ve got a lot to think about. So it’s important on this course not to give up. You have to stay patient and that’s what I did after making three bogeys. It wasn’t that bad a round and it’s not the end of the world.”
McDowell said of his challenge: “I need to have some strong finishes if I’m to catch him. It’s not as if I’m only 10 or 12 thousand euros behind him. Martin didn’t have the best of days today but he’s never far away from his best. I had a couple of key saves on the front nine, I think bogey-free is exceptional at Valderrama.”
It promises to be an exciting conclusion to this tournament over the weekend and I expect these two to be challenging high up the leaderboard come the final round.

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