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.

Tiger Woods believes he has the game to win in Abu Dhabi this week

Tiger lacks the concentration to win, says Faldo

It will not just be the top four players in the world Tiger Woods will be trying to conquer on his seasonal bow in Abu Dhabi this week, but also his "broken concentration". That is the view of Sir Nick Faldo, who does not necessarily agree that the 14-time major champion turned a corner with his first win in more than two years.

'It's time to get myself in better shape,' says Darren Clarke

Clarke aims to put paunch in past by turning to rugby trainer

When one thinks of Darren Clarke the physique of a Courtney Lawes does not spring to mind. But as he sets out on a new campaign, the 43-year-old has employed the England rugby team's sports scientist and is obeying a similar monastic lifestyle to the lock and his Red Rose colleagues.

Westwood sets huge lead 'like Tiger at his best'

It's the week before Christmas and the rest of golf have put their sticks away for the year.

Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy pose next to the Race to Dubai trophy

McIlroy set for push to pip Donald

First he will try to take care of the world's best, Luke Donald, then he will face up to the resurrected might of the world's greatest, Tiger Woods. Rory McIlroy may be suffering the after-effects of a virus, but he is even more gripped by the fever running through golf.

James Lawton: Is the mice's fun over now the big cat's back?

With the highest respect to the extremely creditable mice who have been growing more sturdily competitive and so much wealthier over the last two years, we have to note this morning that the cat, or rather the Tiger, is back.

Tiger Woods enjoys the ‘awesome’ feeling of victory at the Chevron World Challenge in California on Sunday evening

James Lawton: Mice, you've had your fun... but is it over now that the Cat's back?

A nightmare might be over. What had become so impossible, so blocked, might just be free again

Graeme McDowell after shooting a birdie on the 18th

McDowell in form to end trophy drought

Winless in 2011, Graeme McDowell yesterday put himself in the box seat to rectify this anomaly. The world No14 shot a 67 to move to seven-under at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City and so bring the £830,000 first prize into tantalising focus.

Donald will see out season despite the upheaval in personal life

Luke Donald yesterday allayed suspicions he would put his clubs away for the rest of the year when committing himself to play at Sun City next week. The world No 1 has not played for five weeks and in this time has experienced the death of his father and birth of his second daughter.

For the first time in his career Tiger Woods will tee off his season outside the US

Shifting sands help Abu Dhabi to capture Tiger Woods

Same desert, different Sheikh. Tiger Woods has shown he is still prepared to stray if the money is right by moving his long affiliation from the Dubai Classic to the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Paul Casey is in great shape after a second-round 66 in Shanghai

Casey finally on the mend after painful time on and off course

England's 'forgotten man' shows signs of form after a slump down rankings caused by bizarre toe injury.

McIlroy splits with manager Chandler

Anyone who ever doubted that Rory McIlroy (right) is his own man knows differently now. In a move which stunned the world of golf, the prodigious young Ulsterman dropped his manager, Chubby Chandler, to join his compatriot Graeme McDowell at a smaller agency.

Donald finally three-putts – after 449 holes

For 449 holes, 25 rounds, seven tournaments, more than 100 hours, Luke Donald was faultless. Yesterday the streak ended. An eight-footer stayed above ground here and for the first time in 11 weeks the world No 1 had three-putted. Oh, the shame of it.

Donaldson gives himself chance to break duck as big guns misfire

Jamie Donaldson, still to taste European Tour success after 237 events over a decade, takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Wizz Kid has the legs of Hoof It in Nunthorpe

The prospect of Mick Easterby saddling a Group One winner at his big local meeting – in the colours, moreover, of Lee Westwood and Chubby Chandler – is too delicious for many to concern themselves with the odds against Hoof It in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York today. He certainly warrants a crack at an elite prize, after thriving so extravagantly in handicaps, and should cope with the return to five furlongs after travelling so powerfully over a sixth.

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