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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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The Northern Irishman says Caroline Wozniacki 'is the right girl for me' following their recent engagement

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If love conquers all, the year ahead might yet be the one of his dreams. Rory McIlroy announced his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday by tweeting pictures of the pair from Australia. “My first victory of 2014,” he said, adding the hashtag #shesaidyes.

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Australian Open 2013: Rory McIlroy reels in Adam Scott for elusive first win of year

Northern Irishman pleased to put frustrating year behind him

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Rory McIlroy opens himself up to scrutiny after admitting dismay at growing pressures of sport after Jonathan Trott's Ashes exit

The Northern Irish golfer admits Trott's departure represents the growing ever-increasing toll that sport can have on the mental state of those who compete

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Henrik Stenson rattled in eight birdies for a second-round 64 to lead Dubai’s World Tour Championship by one shot from Alejandro Canizares yesterday, putting the Swede firmly in control of a five-man tussle to top the 2013 European money list.

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DP World Tour Championship: Henrik Stenson on course for Dubai money win

The Swede is two shots off surprise leader Alejandro Canizares in the race to be Europe's Number One

Tiger Woods makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul's iconic Bosphorus Bridge

Tiger Woods hits golf ball from one continent to another as part of promotion for Turkey's first European Tour event

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