Ian Poulter has already told Ryder Cup-winning teammate Graeme McDowell he will win the UBS Hong Kong Open - now it's time for the Englishman to deliver after opening up a two-shot lead over the US Open champion heading into today's delicately poised final round. The world number 14 made the bold prediction over lunch on Tuesday and, after adding a third-round six-under-par 64 to Friday's scintillating 60, Poulter is in the box seat at 19 under par to claim a second victory of the year without a dropped shot to his name this week. McDowell (pictured left on the 10th hole) had been going quietly about his business all week with back-to-back rounds of 65 before yesterday's 63, which like Poulter's contained an eagle, and earned a place in today's final pairing. Simon Dyson was a shot further off the pace, one clear of two-time runner-up Rory McIlroy and Anthony Kang. 'It's going to be a great day,' Poulter said. 'I'm looking forward to it. We have had some fun certainly over the past few weeks. Graeme's in good form, I'm in good form, Rory is playing well, Simon Dyson is up there, so this golf course is going to give up a low score and it should be good fun. 'We had lunch earlier in the week and we were having a little bit of banter in the pub and I told Graeme I was going to win this week. And then Rory walked in and they had a bit of banter because Graeme had just gone a place in front of Rory in the world rankings,' said Poulter, who finished a disappointing sixth in defence of his Singapore Open title last time out. After salvaging an opening-hole par with a 15-foot conversion following a wayward tee shot, Poulter hit the ground running with a second-hole birdie from inside 20 feet, before an eagle putt from 15 feet a hole later after a superb five-iron approach. With Friday's 60 still fresh in his memory, Poulter's mind did wander to thoughts of another low score, but a 13th-hole, two-putt birdie was the next time the scoreboard keeper had to reach for a red number. But Poulter saved his best for last with back-to-back birdie putts of 30 feet on the final two greens, creating his advantage with a superb curling effort from the back edge of the putting surface on the 18th green. 'The last two birdies are huge. I saw the guys get off to a good start and it was frustrating in the middle part of the round to not convert some of those chances I had,' Poulter said. 'With Graeme pressing and Simon pressing, I wanted to make sure I went into the last round with a little lead so it was huge. 'I felt I hit a great shot into 17 but it kind of pitched on the down grain and released probably 30 feet, even though it looked pretty stiff on the fairway. So it was good to hole that, and obviously a huge breaking left to right on the last, that's key to making sure you go into Sunday with a nice advantage.' McDowell's key eagle, which he followed up shortly with a hat-trick of birdies, arrived at the short, par-four 10th hole as the Ulsterman took full advantage of the decision to move up the tee box with a 20-foot conversion following a booming tee shot into the wind to attack the 291-yard flag. 'I am very happy with that round. It was more of the same really. I have played great this week. Every round I have given myself tons and tons of chances. It's probably the best I've played in a few months,' said the world number nine. 'It's a course where if you can keep it in play, control your iron play, it gives you a lot of opportunities and I've made three bogeys in three days. I've kept the mistakes to a minimum. 'I gave myself the same amount of chances, but I've been feeling better on the greens as the days have gone on. I've been reading them better and I putted well.' While Poulter refused to be drawn into predicting a winning score, last month's Andalucia Masters winner McDowell feels a winning score of 22 under will be required. 'I'm not going to change my game plan. I feel like I've played this golf course the way it needs to be played for me,' he said. 'There are times to attack and there are times to be conservative out there and I think I've been reading the golf course well from that point of view. I've been coming to Hong Kong for many years and I know this golf course very well. 'I expect to have to shoot 65 to have a chance to win, but I'm not going to do anything differently, just keep playing the way I'm playing.' Former champion Dyson started with three consecutive birdies, but scattered three bogeys over his card to sign for a second consecutive five-under-par 65. 'I said to my caddy, 'I don't really like leading going into the last day.' All of the tournaments I've won, I've always been a shot or two behind so I'm in a nice position,' said the 2000 winner. Anthony Kang put in a 67, with Mark Brown and Jeev Milkha Singh a further shot off the pace.