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.

Tight at the top as hot Donald puts pressure on Westwood

World No 1 heads for Korea this week with his compatriot in pursuit in the rankings. James Corrigan reports on an intriguing race

Donald pipped by Westwood in English quest to be world No 1

Luke Donald saw his world No 1 dream cruelly snatched away on the third hole of sudden death at The Heritage last night. But English golf could still go to bed content in the knowledge that one of theirs would be heading the rankings when they are published this morning. Lee Westwood, and his many admirers, will feel he is back where he belongs.

Donald leads from the front in race to claim No 1 spot from Kaymer

Luke Donald is 36 holes away from becoming the world No 1 after a brilliant 65 gave him a two-shot lead at the halfway point of The Heritage in South Carolina.

Westwood left frustrated as lightning delays electric charge for No 1 spot

As Lee Westwood set off to complete his second round of the Indonesian Masters this morning the world No 1 crown was in tantalising focus. He was tied for the lead yesterday when lightning provided what British golf will hope was only a pause in his charge.

Donald and Westwood quick out of the traps in race to be No 1

Luke Donald's and Lee Westwood's race to become world No 1 began in promising style yesterday as both shot rounds of four-under to feature high on their respective leaderboards. Certainly Martin Kaymer would have harboured a sense of foreboding at the form of the two Englishmen.

Donald takes aim at world No 1 spot in shotmaker's paradise

Britain has two shots at reclaiming golf's world No 1 crown these next four days. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald may be playing in different hemispheres but their objective is the same – win a tournament and displace Martin Kaymer at the top of the rankings.

Donald the only bright spot as English challenge fades away

Westwood and Co left waiting for major after latest disappointment

Westwood turns up heat on young pretenders

Expect the unexpected. That was Lee Westwood's message for the climax of the 75th Masters. And he should know. With 27 holes to play last year, he was cruising around here, taking a five-shot lead into Amen Corner. Then crash, bang, wallop. Phil Mickelson exploded into action with an eagle at the 13th, eagle at the 14th and birdie at the 15th. Westwood's lead was gone in a heartbeat. But the lesson he learned is that there is no lead that can't be pegged back at The Masters – especially on Sunday, when pulses are racing, the roars are echoing through the pines, and the brains of rookies and veterans alike can be turned to scrambled eggs.

McIlroy stays in the groove but Woods produces his old rhythm

Northern Irishman two out in front however Tiger roars back into contention with a 66

Westwood is off colour on greens as Kaymer flaw draws attention

Huge crowds gathered around the first tee here shortly after a late breakfast yesterday to watch the best two players in the world begin their Masters adventure.

McIlroy stands tall after work on short game pays off with 65

Ulsterman sets blistering early pace but late surge from Quiros sees leadership shared

The British contenders for The Masters

With the Masters due to start this week, British fans will be optimistic that a player from our shores can gatecrash the tournament in Augusta - something that hasn’t been done since Nick Faldo in 1996. In fact, there hasn’t even been a European winner in 12 years - a bit of glory is long overdue.

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The coach to world No 2 Lee Westwood reveals his insider's guide to tackling the difficult National course

Kaymer fears Donald's mastery of the greens as Westwood fine-tunes putting

America's focus will inevitably fall on the groupings involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but in terms of the world rankings there is only one marquee pairing in the first two rounds of the Masters. Martin Kaymer, the world No 1, will face off with the No 2, Lee Westwood.

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