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.

Martin O'Neill lays down the law to his new charges at Sunderland yesterday. His priority will have been to offer encouragement

Ian Holloway: So, let me tell you what managers do when they join a new club...

At this stage it is all about encouragement and trying to instil some belief

James Lawton: Is the mice's fun over now the big cat's back?

With the highest respect to the extremely creditable mice who have been growing more sturdily competitive and so much wealthier over the last two years, we have to note this morning that the cat, or rather the Tiger, is back.

Tiger Woods enjoys the ‘awesome’ feeling of victory at the Chevron World Challenge in California on Sunday evening

James Lawton: Mice, you've had your fun... but is it over now that the Cat's back?

A nightmare might be over. What had become so impossible, so blocked, might just be free again

Tiger Woods: The only US player who has yet to score a point on the tough Royal Melbourne layout

Pointless Woods is left standing alone

All the President's men, bar one, had contributed at least a point to the US cause as they set out on the third day of their match against the International team at Royal Melbourne this morning.

James Lawton: Rank stupidity to blame for caddie's attack

Williams has lost not only the biggest job in golf but also any contact with reality

Woods denies poaching LaCava

Tiger Woods yesterday issued a statement which answered the criticisms of his former coach, Butch Harmon, who said he was "disappointed" with the manner in which the 14-time major winner hired his new caddie.

Montgomerie backs wild card for Tiger

Colin Montgomerie fully supports Fred Couples in his decision to hand Tiger Woods a Presidents Cup wild card almost three months before the match in Melbourne.

Foster buzzing after fine start

Sixteen years after his unbeaten part in sending Tiger Woods to Walker Cup defeat, England's Mark Foster is hoping to seal a return to team golf in real style this weekend.

Tiger to play for Presidents spot

Former world No 1 Tiger Woods may play in the PGA Tour Fall Series in a bid to win a place in November's Presidents Cup.

Tiger suffers worst humiliation yet as he misses the cut by a mile

Dismantling of the Woods phenomenon continues while injured McIlroy battles on

Woeful Woods strikes new low with worst first round in major

Former world No 1 implodes after fast start to shoot 77 and looks set to miss cut

McIlroy plays through pain barrier after smashing wrist

Ulsterman finishes round on even par but scan could determine whether he continues

Tiger kidding himself that all is well but the troubles pile up

Cash flow problems add to Woods' woes but he still claims he expects a 'W' on Sunday

Tiger team hit back after Williams' day in spotlight

Tiger Woods has heard quite enough bitterness from his former caddie, Steve Williams. Yesterday Team Tiger struck back, vehemently denying the Kiwi's claims that Woods lied when telling the press he had sacked Williams "face to face".

Williams: 'Best win of my career'

The jilted had the last laugh here yesterday. Steve Williams caddied for Adam Scott as he won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and then delivered a withering dig at Tiger Woods, who sacked him last month. "This is the best win of my career," declared the Kiwi.

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