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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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Victor Dubuisson celebrates his birdie at the 17th in his final round

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As expected the challengers gave it a crack on championship Sunday but in the end a five-shot advantage was too big for Victor Dubuisson to blow. The Frenchman survived a thrilling push from Jamie Donaldson, whose 63 included a hole-in-one at the 16th, and a 65 from Justin Rose, to claim his maiden European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Ian Poulter of England looks on after he hits his tee shot the 16th hole during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course

Ian Poulter is betting on chasing down Henrik Stenson, while Tiger Woods rues missing out on 'something really special' at the Turkish Airlines Open

In between cries of “get real” and “get in there” the essence of Ian Poulter is revealed. The cleanest striker of a golf ball Poulter is not, but on the greens he punches like Mike Tyson in his prime and on his day he is never out of the running. Today was just such a day.

Jordan Spieth pipped Jim Furyk to the US Presidents Cup team

All eyes on rookie Jordan Spieth's step up at Presidents Cup

Unlike the Seve Trophy, the Presidents Cup has little trouble attracting America's big names. Jim Furyk is still lying down in a darkened room following his failure to make the team via the mechanism of the captain's pick.

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The wonder of Vos

Chris Boardman rated it the race of the week and Marianne Vos was its shining star. Saturday’s road race wrapped up a good week for cycling’s women in Florence. Brian Cookson appointed the first female vice-president of the International Cycling Union in Tracey Gaudry of Australia on his first day in the job and hours later Vos won her second successive road-race rainbow jersey. The Dutch rider, who now has three road world titles and two Olympic gold medals, is one of the world’s greatest sportswomen.

Tiger Woods in the trees where his ball strayed and moving the twig that caused it to move

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Adnan Januzaj cost United £500,000 from Anderlecht

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Moyes gives the frail United youngster his league debut 50 years after legend’s first game

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Rory McIlroy watches anxiously after playing out of the rough on the fourth hole

Rory McIlroy in raptures as he finds the magic is on his side again at US PGA Championship

Defending champion finishes with two birdies to put himself back in the hunt at Oak Hill

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