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.

Just Rose with the US Open trophy and 15 years ago as a 17-year-old at Royal Birkdale

The hoodoo 'is broken': Justin Rose hopes US Open victory can inspire fellow Englishmen to Major success

Rose became the first Enlish winner of a Major for 17 years

Phil Mickelson, five times a runner-up at this event, is one solid round from running winning the US Open

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson leads but English duo Luke Donald and Justin Rose remain in contention

Donald and Rose could end 43-year wait for an English winner

Phil Mickelson, five times a runner-up at this event, is one solid round from running winning the US Open

US Open 2013: Phil Mickelson leads but English duo
Luke Donald and Justin Rose remain in contention

Donald and Rose could end 43-year wait for an English winner

Pretty lethal: Ian Poulter attempts to blast out of a sand trap on the 16th hole as he completed his second round

US Open 2013: Ian Poulter discovers Merion favours the lucky player

This brute of a course punishes good shots rather than testing the best as many have discovered

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open 2013: The latest report from the third day at Merion

Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel overnight leaders as the second round comes to a conclusion

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open 2013: The latest report from the second round at Merion

Luke Donald led overnight

The Sport Matrix: Friday 31 May 2013

Lions prop Jones ‘sick’ of conditions

Heads up: A resurgent Lee Westwood plays out of a bunker at Wentworth, a course he says has ‘suited me’

BMW PGA Championship: Lee Westwood poised for victory but Sergio Garcia lurks

Spaniard seeking redemption after week of controversy closes in on PGA leaders

Eddie Pepperell carded a 69

Eddie Pepperell shakes up more seasoned names

While the stellar names were heading home from the PGA Championship, a 22-year-old from Abingdon was introducing himself to the audience.

Tiger Woods (L) was the victim of a racial joke made by Sergio Garcia (R)

Tiger Woods: Sergio Garcia's 'fried chicken' remark wasn't silly, it was 'wrong, hurtful and inappropriate'

World No. One takes to Twitter to express his hurt after Garcia made the comment at an award ceremony on Tuesday

US diplomat Gregory Hicks giving evidence in Washington

Kevin Garside: Well-heeled folk of Jacksonville are a world away from grim reality

The Way I See It: The heavenly scene in north Florida was one of epic triviality

England’s David Lynn (left) shakes hands with Derek Ernst after losing in a play-off

US rookie Derek Ernst belies his status to shock David Lynn

The PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst parred the first hole of a sudden-death play-off yesterday to beat Briton David Lynn and win the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 12 April 2013

Lynn impresses while Donaldson hits hole-in-one

Augusta Diary: Magic man all out of tricks

Nicknamed "Magic Man", Wednesday's Par 3 challenge winner Ted Potter Jnr must have known even his best spell wouldn't be enough as he attempted to become the first player to win the traditional curtain-raiser and main event in the same year. "I don't care about the curse," he insisted. "Just winning something here makes my week already."

Bubba Watson of the United States speaks to the media

The Masters 2013: Ian Poulter paired with defending champion Bubba Watson

The two have history from the Ryder Cup

Sport
tennisLive: Follow all the updates from Melbourne as Murray faces Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-final
Arts and Entertainment
'The Archers' has an audience of about five million
radioA growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried
Arts and Entertainment
Henry VIII played by Damien Lewis
tvReview: Scheming queens-in-waiting, tangled lines of succession and men of lowly birth rising to power – sound familiar?
News
Joel Grey, now 82, won several awards for his role in Cabaret
people
Sport
Harry Kane celebrates scoring the opening goal for Spurs
footballLive: All the latest transfer news as deadline day looms
Arts and Entertainment
Master of ceremony: Jeremy Paxman
tvReview: Victory for Jeremy Paxman in this absorbing, revealing tale
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness