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Only McIlroy can keep Donald from double

MARTIN Kaymer became a winner again at the weekend, but he has conceded defeat to Luke Donald in this season's European money list race.

It looks like a straight fight now between Donald and Rory McIlroy -- the world's top two -- after the German decided to stick to his end-of-season schedule and not add any more counting events.

Kaymer's stunning victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, achieved with nine birdies in the last 12 holes, lifted him above McIlroy into second place in the European standings.

But Donald's lead is still massive - nearly £900,000 - and that is more than the first prize at the race-ending Dubai World Championship on December 8-11. Kaymer is next in action for Germany at the World Cup in China on November 24-27 and then goes to South Africa for the Nedbank Challenge -- not a European Tour event -- before travelling on to Dubai.


McIlroy's fourth place in Shanghai left him more than £985,000 behind Donald, but he is playing in the Hong Kong Open on December 1-4 as well as Dubai, and winning both of them could make him Europe's new number one.

Donald was absent last week while he awaited the birth of his second child.

He is due to return at the Nedbank Challenge and may know he has completed an unprecedented double of money list titles in America and Europe in the same year.

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood are fourth and fifth respectively on the European table. But Dubai is their next event and that puts them out of the running.