Graeme McDowell tees off during the final round in Hong Kong
Graeme McDowell reduced the gap on Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer to 214,222 euro after finishing fifth at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.
The Portrush player's two-under-par 68 left him on 19 under and three shots behind winner Ian Poulter.
Rory McIlroy was sixth on 18 under after a 67 while Gareth Maybin fired a superb 61 to end on 17 under.
Darren Clarke was 12 under after a final-round 68 and Michael Hoey was back on nine under following a 69.
Damien McGrane (63) finished on 15 under with Peter Lawrie (67) five under and Paul McGinley (73) three over.
McDowell's hopes of victory were scuppered after two bogeys in the opening three holes although he went on birdie 10, 11, 13 and 14.
The US Open champion now switches his focus to the Dubai World Championship next week where he hopes to be crowned Europe's number one ahead of Kaymer.
"I had a slow start, and I was chasing from there really. I played great the rest of the day," said McDowell.
"But it was another great week, I have to say, I'm taking some great form into Dubai next week and that's the key really."
Victory in Dubai will guarantee McDowell the European number one spot while a second-place finish would be enough to earn the Portrush man the order of merit title if Kaymer finishes outside the first three.
A third-place will not secure the US Open champion the Race to Dubai title if Kaymer finishes inside the top 20 in the European Tour's concluding event of the season.
A fourth place for McDowell will see Kaymer clinching the order of merit irrespective of where the German finishes in the field.
McIlroy carded five birdies and two bogeys for his 67 while Ballyclare player Maybin shot the best round of the day.
His nine birdies and an eagle would have taken him to a sub-60 round but bogeys on five and six left him with a 61.