England’s Luke Donald was within touching distance of becoming world number one after beating German Martin Kaymer for the second time this year at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Donald, who defeated Kaymer 3&2 in the final of the Accenture Match Play in February, this time recorded a 5&3 victory in the semi-finals at Finca Cortesin in Spain.
The 33-year-old also needed to win the final, however, to take over from fellow Englishman Lee Westwood at the top of the rankings.
Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, only 108th in the world, led Ian Poulter by two with six to play in the other game.
Donald won three holes in a row from the second and, after running up a double-bogey seven on the next, birdied the long eighth and then took the 226-yard 10th when Kaymer double-bogeyed.
The next four were shared and Donald did not even have to putt at the 15th after his opponent found a greenside bunker.
Colsaerts chipped in at the second and went after three up after seven, but then made a mess of the eighth and Poulter, conqueror of Westwood in the last 16, halved the next five.