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.

Rory McIlroy has taken Tiger Woods’s place as Nike’s face of golf

Top dollar for Rory McIlroy who joins blue-chip brotherhood with Nike deal

Comeback Kid takes Tiger's place as Nike's face of golf – to the tune of $125m

Charl Schwartzel has won the last two Tour titles convincingly

Another huge win for Charl Schwartzel at Leopard Creek

South African Charl Schwartzel completed a fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory on home soil at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Manny Pacquiao (left) will fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time at the MGM in Las Vegas tonight

Boxing: Marquez seeks trial of strength with Pacquiao

Mexican uses services of controversial coach to bulk up for fourth fight against nemesis tonight

Ernie Els is a fan of the long putter

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to welcome proposed ban on belly putters

The end of the belly putter is nigh. Golf’s regulatory bodies on both sides of the Atlantic, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association, have moved in unison to ban from 2016 the anchoring of a putting device to the body.

Anthony Hilton: Archer would be hard pushed to sell Greece

For the past 10 years, Philip Lader, who was the US Ambassador here in the Clinton years and who is now an adviser to Morgan Stanley, has hosted thanksgiving lunches in what was once the London home of the Astor family.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Forget kissing babies, social media is the vote winner

When Barack Obama came to power in 2008 it was on the back of what had already been dubbed the first digital election campaign. Four years on, the race for the White House has taken the use of technology to a whole new level. As the US electorate prepare to cast their vote this week, it is being bombarded by the most sophisticated multi-media campaigning ever.

Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 18th green in Shanghai

Rory McIlroy move to Nike under scrutiny

Rory McIlroy may be on a week off, but he remains in the news and at the centre of debate - both for the clubs he plays with and for his choice of tournaments.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Big brands pay up big to bask in a star's success

You'd think a marketer as savvy as Nike would know better. When your brand spokesman hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, think carefully – very carefully – before you insist you're standing by him.

Tiger Woods was ousted by Justin Rose

Rose fightback denies Woods and earns showdown with Westwood

No dream final in Turkey, only dream golf from Lee Westwood. A 61 in the afternoon followed a 64 in the morning to guarantee Westwood $1m (£625,000) today when he goes up against Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose for the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final first prize of $1.5m.

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 11 October 2012

Usada reveals its 'conclusive' verdict on Armstrong case

Tiger Woods in action yesterday

Golf chief apologises after headbutting journalist before Tiger Woods match at the Turkish Open

The president of the Turkish Golf Federation today apologised for an incident with a journalist which threatened to overshadow the Turkish Airlines World Golf final and the creation of a new 7million US dollars tournament on the European Tour.

Lee Westwood
Central to Europe's prospects despite a poor singles record. Binds group with endless banter and laser irons. 9/10

Ryder Cup: Player ratings

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Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros at Valderrama in 1997

James Lawton: US need to extinguish the spirit Seve instilled in Olly

It was inevitable – but not necessarily right – that the American high command should target Rory McIlroy here over these next few days.

Rory McIlroy signs autographs at a saturated Ocean Course

Bullish Rory McIlroy says rare USPGA grass fits his game

Irishman claims first major to be played on tougher paspalum surface will suit him down to the ground

Tiger Woods, back up to No.2 in the world, during the WGC Bridgestone Invitational

In-form Woods ready to put on armour for War on the Shore II

Tiger unfazed by major drought as he looks to rediscover his aura at US PGA Championship

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?