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Kaymer said he felt it would be a good battle, but predicted that Donald would come out ahead.

“With Rory and Luke, it’s exciting. It’s almost the same _ almost the same that we had last year with Graham and me,” Kaymer said. “But I don’t really believe that Luke will have a bad week. The way he played golf the last few months. … So I think it would be very difficult for Rory, but I’m sure he will be aggressive and try and do everything to try and win, and then that puts a little bit of pressure on Luke for the weekend.”

Westwood also favors Donald, though he welcomed the duel, saying it was a great way to cap what has been “a very good year” for the European Tour.

“All the top players have played pretty well this year, been successful in the major championships,” Westwood said. “So yeah, I think it has been a very good year. I think that’s part of the reason why the money has not dropped. I don’t want to say we give value for money because we are playing for a lot of money. But it’s certainly a good brand and a good product, the European Tour, at the moment.”

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