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.

Rory McIlroy’s second round in Houston was more consistent

Rory McIlroy faces nervous wait to make cut

Second-round 70 leaves former World No 1 on cusp of elimination in Masters warm-up event

Tiger Woods alongside Justin Rose at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods begins pursuit of world number one ranking with steady 69 at Bay Hill

Rory McIlory could be knocked from the top of the standings this weekend

Tiger Woods putted brilliantly in the first round at Doral

Tiger Woods aims to find Masters form at Bay Hill

The Arnold Palmer Invitational starts tomorrow

Tiger Woods with new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn

Can Tiger Woods finish the week on top of world as well as head over heels?

The American golfer can replace Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Rory McIlroy struggled with his new Nike equipment in Abu Dhabi

Shane Lowry faces Rory McIlroy in World Match Play

Mark Garrod

‘This was it. The moment that would decide the Ryder Cup. A 10-footer for glory ... Get in!’

McIlroy hot on Donald’s heels at World Tour Championship in Dubai

World No 1 demonstrates intent to land the tournament and finish year on a high

Rory McIlroy in action in Turkey

Rory McIlroy must beat Tiger Woods to reach last four in Turkey

Rory McIlroy's plans for a day on the beach with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki were ruined by a thunderstorm - and the outside chance of still being able to win 1.5million US dollars.

Branden Grace hits 60 to equal European Tour record

The South African Branden Grace yesterday equalled the European Tour record with a round of 60 at Kingsbarns in the first round of the Dunhill Links Championship.

The tension is too much for European captain Jose Maria Olazabal

Ryder Cup: Jose Maria Olazabal rules out another stint as European captain

Jose Maria Olazabal has insisted there is no chance of him continuing as European Ryder Cup captain, despite his team's dramatic victory in the United States.

Ryder Cup: Europe's incredible fightback completed by Martin Kaymer

German's nerveless putt on the 18th retains Ryder Cup for Olazabal's side

America's Webb Simpson cheers Bubba Watson’s birdie putt - McIlroy failed in his attempt

Ryder Cup: Listing Europe holed by US enterprise

Jose Maria Olazabal's captaincy has been placed under scrutiny by a withering American performance in the third session

Join the club: Nicolas Colsaerts is frustrated as he misses a putt on the 15th hole playing with Sergio Garcia yesterday

Ryder Cup: Colsaerts' Big Belgian Bang makes world take notice

Wildcard dazzles Woods but he just couldn't be Superman again

Lee Westwood
Central to Europe's prospects despite a poor singles record. Binds group with endless banter and laser irons. 9/10

Ryder Cup: Player ratings

Europe

Davis Love III wells up with the emotions of leading the US team at the Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup: Tournament still has edge despite mutual respect says USA captain Davis Love

For two years of build-up and two days of preview press conferences, the overwhelming theme of this week's Ryder Cup has seemed to be fun and mutual respect.

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
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Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links