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Donald prepares for Money List duel in Dubai

After US Open champion Rory McIlroy owned the field at the Hong Kong Open, he suddenly finds himself in contention for the European Tour’s money title going into the last event of their season.

The 22-year-old Northern Irishman trails Donald by just under $1 million and must win the Dubai World Championship starting Thursday, and hope that Donald finishes outside the top nine

"I’ve still got a slim chance of trying to win the Race To Dubai and so it's nice to just have that coming to the quick," said McIlroy, who picked up a handsome winners cheque of $444,241 in Hong Kong.

"It's going to be a tough task but I'll give my best and it would be great to finish the year on a high."

Meanwhile, fellow Brit and World No1 Luke Donald was finishing seventh at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

The Englishman successfully won the PGA Tour money title and is looking to achieve a historic double by winning the other side of the Atlantic.

"I didn't expect anything less from Rory," Donald said. "I knew he'd put the pressure on me and make it tough going. But I've still got a nice comfortable lead -- he's going to have to go out and win next week and beat a high quality field, and I think the advantage is still in my court."

"I turned on the scores and saw Rory was having a good day and some of the other guys ahead of him weren't putting too much pressure on him," Donald said. "So he did what he needed to do and won the tournament. It was the same in Disney, except this time I have a lead, so I hope I can hold on to the lead."

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