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.

James Lawton: McIlroy brushes off brickbats after meltdown at Augusta

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Imperious McIlroy continues to dominate

A seemingly unstoppable Rory McIlroy extended his lead from eight to 10 as the US Open remained a one-man show at Congressional today.

History in the making for McIlroy as he follows in footsteps of Tiger on long march towards glory

Young Northern Irishman looks set to redeem his Masters blow-up with a massive lead after another remarkable display while Westwood ensures he stays in the reckoning

Hold The Back Page: 18/06/2011

It's a big weekend for...

Lee Westwood

The World No 2 may have made a faltering start at the US Open at Congessional, but he could be forgiven for having his mind on other matters this weekend.

Westwood and Donald aim to keep Americans on the ropes

The world's top two are in form and should maintain Europe's recent major dominance

Westwood stays positive about his major problem

There is a glaring omission on the English world No 2's career CV. He is confident this US Open can remedy it

Paul Casey: From a standing ovation to please give me a hand

Once his fellow pros simply stood and applauded but the world No 10 has had to overhaul his game leading up to this week's US Open in Maryland. James Corrigan meets Paul Casey

Can new No 1 handle life at the summit?

Luke Donald is naturally coy so how he copes with his new status over the next few vital weeks will be intriguing

Donald on top of the world after Westwood's sudden-death splash

What a way to win the world No 1 tag – and what a way to lose it. As Luke Donald was celebrating victory in the BMW PGA Championship here yesterday and topping the order for the first time, Lee Westwood was coming to terms with his shot into the water on the first sudden-death hole which handed his countryman everything. Two Englishmen, two wildly contrasting emotions.

Donald leads after his 'best round'

Luke Donald labelled yesterday's 64 in this BMW PGA Championship "one of the best rounds I've ever played" and went on to describe his emotions. "I guess I feel a little bit invincible," said the Englishman. None of his rivals were arguing. Well, apart from the "little bit" part.

Donald intends to make amends and become No 1 in winning style

Luke Donald could miss the cut at the West Course and still replace Lee Westwood as the new world No 1. That is just one of the permutations in the rankings race which gives this BMW PGA Championship added lustre.

'Unbeatable' Donald would be worthy world No 1, says Kaymer

Lee Westwood is hanging on to the world No 1 tag by a slither from his countryman Luke Donald, but the man ranked in third believes justice would be served if the latter took over here at this week's BMW PGA Championship.

Poulter finds his putting to take Match Play and deny Donald No 1

Ian Poulter never has paid any heed to what is and is not deemed feasible and here, once again, he ripped up the script on his way to winning the Volvo World Match Play Championship. First he beats the English world No 1, Lee Westwood. Then he goes and beats another countryman on the brink of becoming the world No 1, Luke Donald.

Poulter rides luck to top Westwood

Englishman into semi-finals as Donald and Kaymer eye No 1 spot
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