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.
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Tuesday 24 January 2012
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.
Thursday 19 January 2012
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.
Saturday 17 December 2011
It's the week before Christmas and the rest of golf have put their sticks away for the year.
Wednesday 07 December 2011
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.
Tuesday 06 December 2011
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.
Tuesday 06 December 2011
A nightmare might be over. What had become so impossible, so blocked, might just be free again
Saturday 03 December 2011
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.
Friday 02 December 2011
Saturday 26 November 2011
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.
Thursday 17 November 2011
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.
Saturday 05 November 2011
England's 'forgotten man' shows signs of form after a slump down rankings caused by bizarre toe injury.
Saturday 22 October 2011
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.
Friday 30 September 2011
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.
Sunday 04 September 2011
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.
Friday 19 August 2011
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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