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

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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

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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

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Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

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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

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

Eddie Pepperell carded a 69

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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)

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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

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

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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."

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