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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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Scott and Williams set for final-day battle at Open

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Phil Mickelson en route to securing a 64 at the Scottish Open

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Tiger Woods toppled from top of Forbes' sports personality rich list, with David Beckham among top ten

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Lee Westwood holds it together as Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald struggle at the US Open

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Rory McIlroy throws the first ball for the Giants

Rory McIlroy feeling good ahead of US Open

The San Francisco Giants unveiled a new star pitcher in front of 35,000 last night. This was not quite the curve ball girlfiend Caroline Wozniacki lobbed his way at Madison Square Garden in March, more a symbol of Rory McIlroy’s rising profile in the United States.

Paul Casey

Paul Casey Ryder Cup hopes hit after withdrawing from US Open

Paul Casey’s season continued its downward spiral with his withdrawal from this week's US Open in San Francisco. Casey’s shoulder is not fully recovered from his snowboarding accident in January. Though he hopes to return later this month, the setback further reduces his chances of making the Ryder Cup team in Chicago in September.

Rory McIlroy hit an eagle to make an encouraging 71 at the Memorial

McIlroy fights back after facing more troubles

Rory McIlroy recovered from a nightmare quadruple-bogey seven on the ninth hole to climb back in touch with the leaders at the midway point of the first round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, yesterday.

Stellar line-up for Memorial Tournament

Seven of the world's top 10, including numbers one and two Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy, are in head-to-head combat at Muirfield Village in Ohio this week for the Memorial Tournament.

Rory McIlroy watches with dismay as he goes into the water at the 16th at Sawgrass yesterday

McIlroy misses the cut again as his Sawgrass woe continues

Rory McIlroy said his decision to skip the Players Championship last year “was not one of my brightest”. It turns out it may have been one of his smartest. His record at Sawgrass is now played three, lost three after completing his hat-trick of missed cuts.

Rory McIlroy during practise at Sawgrass yesterday

World waits for Rory McIlroy v Rickie Fowler

With apologies to Mr Shakespeare, all the world's a stage and we are merely at The Players – not the fifth major, as the PGA Tour would have the world believe, but nevertheless an elite championship in Florida with a $9.5m (£6m) purse and a first prize of $1.71m.

Phil Mickelson marches on to the 15th hole during his third round of 66 yesterday

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