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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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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

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

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Anthony Hilton: Archer would be hard pushed to sell Greece

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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

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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.

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

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

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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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