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

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.

Ian Poulter of England looks on after he hits his tee shot the 16th hole during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course

Ian Poulter is betting on chasing down Henrik Stenson, while Tiger Woods rues missing out on 'something really special' at the Turkish Airlines Open

In between cries of “get real” and “get in there” the essence of Ian Poulter is revealed. The cleanest striker of a golf ball Poulter is not, but on the greens he punches like Mike Tyson in his prime and on his day he is never out of the running. Today was just such a day.

Paul Lawrie: 'Most of us are out here playing because of what [Seve] did years ago'

Paul Lawrie upset by absentees from Seve Trophy

Paul Lawrie can understand some of Europe's big names missing this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but admits he is baffled by their absence from next week's Seve Trophy.

Donald is looking to improve his ball control

Luke Donald takes on new coach to halt slide

It's a big week in Chicago for the cream of British golf. With just 30 players progressing to the final FedEx Play-off event of the season, next week's Tour Championship, only Justin Rose is guaranteed a shot at the $10m (£6.3m) jackpot that comes with victory.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 13 August 2013

Carragher: block foreign imports to our academy sides

Lee Westwood's tee shot on the 14th as the rain continues to fall

US PGA 2013: The latest report from the second round

American penalised over extra club

The Sport Matrix: Friday 9 August 2013

Furyk revels in calm before the storm

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 23 July 2013

Wada widen remit in battle against drugs cheats

Phil Mickelson celebrates his birdie on the 18th

The Open 2013: Phil Mickelson 'showed a lot of guts' says Jack Nicklaus

The American won in style at Muirfield

Chris Froome wins historic 100th Tour de France

Va va Froome: Chris Froome wins Tour de France and England’s Ashes cricketers bask in success, but Lee Westwood washes out

Two out of three ain’t bad – a tour de force for British sport

The Sport Matrix: Monday 22 July 2013

Bold Mickelson takes Open after Westwood woe

Injured Foster was unable to caddie

Open 2013 Diary: Junior plays in fame game

Junior plays  in fame game

Out of the blue: Lee Westwood on the 13th tee at Muirfield on his way to a two-stroke lead

James Lawton: The putt that made Lee Westwood believe

As he rolled it fully 60 feet into the hole for an eagle to take the outright lead, you could sense Briton felt the moment that could define his career may be close

The Open 2013 diary: Gary Player sticks to naked truth

Gary Player raised many eyebrows at the start of the week when pictures of the 77-year-old posing naked appeared in a magazine as part of an anti-obesity campaign.

It’s a borderline lottery on some holes claimed Charl Schwartzel

Kevin Garside: A horror show, but it’s been shared out on equal terms at the Open

It’s a borderline lottery on some holes claimed Charl Schwartzel, grateful to have completed the morning shift.

Henrik Stenson plays off the second tee on his way to a second consecutive round of 70 yesterday

The Open 2013: Henrik Stenson puts slump behind him

Henrik Stenson believes rolling with the punches is the key to his attempt to become the first Swedish man to win a major title.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform