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Rory McIlroy with Tiger Woods in Dubai

Dubai Desert Classic 2014: Even Tiger Woods acknowledges incredible round by Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irishman struck a 63 in the opening round to put him nine under par

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 30 January

Slick City move to summit after thrashing Spurs

Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the 13th during the pro-am event ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic

Dubai Desert Classic 2014: The $2.5m hole-in-one shot tempts Rory McIlroy

This is Dubai, and bling is back. If you want to get the attention of a millionaire golfer you have to go big. The Dubai Desert Classic has gone bigger than any tournament on earth with a record jackpot for a hole-in-one at the 17th, a cool $2.5 million (£1.5m). Even Rory McIlroy is interested.

Jose-Maria Olazabal, Javier Ballesteros and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose for a picture before teeing-off at the Dubai Desert Classic

Seve would be proud as son Javier Ballesteros joins Jose-Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jiminez to roll back the years at the Dubai Desert Classic

Ballesteros was playing as an amateur at the event that his late and beloved father won back in 1992

Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia; there is no love lost between the two great golfers
Tiger Woods looks on from the first hole during the second round at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods lost for words as he matches worst score on US soil at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods endured one of the worst days of his distinguished career as he shot a 79 at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday to miss the third-round cut.

Winter Olympics 2014: Norway curling team unveils much-awaited outfits for Sochi

Even their own coach says he would only wear them at ‘a bad-taste party’

Rory McIlroy, left, congratulates Pablo Larrazabal

Pablo Larrazabal cashes in on ‘stupid’ Rory McIlroy blunder to win Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday as Phil Mickelson imploded and a blunder by Rory McIlroy left him only able to claim a “moral victory” for the second time in three years.

Rory McIlroy pays price for ‘stupid rule’

Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction in the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship that dropped him into a tie for fourth place as Scotland’s Craig Lee installed himself at the top of the leaderboard.

Scott Draper

Sporting Heroes: Scott Draper driven to succeed in two sports

This is a tale that, when told, seems to have been embellished by Hollywood. It’s a tale of tragedy and triumph, talent and dedication, love and loss, and it’s all true.

Caribbean castaway: the British Virgin Islands

Two teenagers run off to the Caribbean? Well, good for them!

At sixteen the challenge is as much about earning life experience as anything else

Sergio Garcia escaped disciplinary action after he was seen tapping down a repaired pitch mark

Sergio Garcia escapes sanction over tapping down repaired pitch mark at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Garcia would have broken the rules had it been a spike mark but European Tour chief referee John Paramor was satisfied with his explanation

Sergio Garcia has insisted he can no longer apologise for his 'fried chicken' jibe at Tiger Woods having apologised over and over again

Sergio Garcia claims he cannot apologise anymore for 'fried chicken' jibe at Tiger Woods and claims the matter is 'all over'

Golfer insists he has apologised over and over again after receiving abuse from small sections of the American crowd at the US Open last year

Rory McIlroy finished the first day in Abu Dhabi on two-under-par

Rory McIlroy off to a slow start in Abu Dhabi but remains in the hunt as Martin Kaymer and Tyrrell Hatton set the early pace

McIlroy took nine holes to land his first birdie while playing partner Phil Mickelson struggles with back injury

Rory McIlroy takes part in a PR stunt ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship: Rory McIlroy claims to be 'smarter' having learned from previous distractions

The Northern Irishman says Caroline Wozniacki 'is the right girl for me' following their recent engagement

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