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.

No Twittering as McIlroy and McDowell face off

Lee Westwood versus Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy versus Graeme McDowell. After the complex and rather odd format of the groups stages, this Volvo World Match Play Championship will begin for real here today. Prepare for some intriguing edge in these personal duels between friends.

McIlroy chips in at last as the big shots win opening battles

So much for matchplay being a lottery. Five of the world's top six are here in Andalucia and each of them shrugged off the supposed volatility of the head-to-head format to win their opening matches. For yesterday at least, all the balls rolled out in order for the multi-millionaires.

Westwood seeks three in a row to fight off Donald's challenge for his No 1 spot

Lee Westwood has never won three successive tournaments before, but he has the opportunity here at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. The Englishman is aware it might very well take such a feat to ensure he tees it up next week in his homeland still as the world No 1.

Luke Donald: Targeting Westwood's crown in all-English affair

In-form World No 2 is aiming to overtake his countryman this week in a format he enjoys. James Corrigan reports from the Costa del Sol

France set to be named 2018 Ryder Cup hosts

France are favourites to be named today as hosts of the 2018 Ryder Cup as the selection committee is set to resist the emotional pull of the passing of Severiano Ballesteros.

James Corrigan: Retiring Savage is perfect spokesman for football's age of unworthy celebrity

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Red-hot Luke sets record after bogey-free round

Whatever else Luke Donald may achieve this weekend, at the very least he could stand on the first tee at Sawgrass when the third round eventually began yesterday knowing he had already entered the record books. The Englishman became the first player in seven years to negotiate the first two rounds of The Players without taking a single bogey.

Battling McDowell hauls himself back into contention

Guts go a long way at Sawgrass, meaning Graeme McDowell should go a long way at Sawgrass. The Ulsterman displayed his customary fortitude yesterday to remain in contention at the halfway point of The Players Championship.

More woe for Woods as injury strikes at Sawgrass

Tiger Woods admitted to being worried about the future after he withdrew injured from the Players Championship for the second consecutive year yesterday. The former world No 1 was six over for his first nine holes when he finally decided to hobble back to the Sawgrass clubhouse.

Westwood's absence gives Donald his chance to shine at Sawgrass

Lee Westwood played golf in a charity event with Alan Shearer yesterday, will watch his beloved Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-offs tomorrow and will go to York races on Friday. Yes, it is fair to say he is not moping on the sofa, regretting his decision to skip this week's Players Championship, the richest event in golf.

Westwood win keeps Kaymer at arm's length

Lee Westwood yesterday claimed his second victory in succession to maintain his position as world No 1. The Englishman carded a flawless closing round of 67 to win the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Rumford makes all the running as Westwood fails to close gap

Australian Brett Rumford left world No 1 Lee Westwood trailing in his wake en route to a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Ballantine's Championship in Seoul.

Westwood's No 1 ranking put at risk by double bogey

Lee Westwood double-bogeyed the final hole of his first round at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea yesterday to finish six shots behind leader Ireland's Damien McGrane.

Donald resumes English battle for No 1 ranking

In New Orleans and South Korea, the contest between Englishmen to be world No 1 resumes today. Luke Donald, the current No 3, plays the Zurich Classic in Louisiana, hoping to atone for his play-off defeat in The Heritage title. He is seeking to overtake Lee Westwood, who regained his supremacy in Indonesia last weekend and competes this week for the Ballantine's Championship in Incheon.

Major question 'getting on nerves' of Westwood after return to top

World No 1 Lee Westwood is growing increasingly weary with being asked about his failure to win a first major title and said in Seoul yesterday the question was getting on his nerves.

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