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Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
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PGA TOUR: 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday through Sunday.
TV: Thursday and Friday, 1-7 p.m. EDT on TNT; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT on TNT, 2-7 p.m. EDT on CBS.
LAST YEAR: Rory McIlroy took a three-stroke lead into the final round and pulled away with a 6-under-par 66 on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to claim his second major title by a record eight strokes over David Lynn of England. McIlroy, who also captured the 2011 U.S. Open by eight shots at Congressional, did not card a bogey over his last 23 holes at Kiawah Island and finished with an exclamation point, holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole. The 23-year-old Irishman became the youngest player to claim two major titles since the late Seve Ballesteros, who won the 1979 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes followed by the 1980 Masters, four days after he turned 23. McIlroy opened with a 67. He posted a second-round 75 in extremely windy conditions when 71 was the best score, and he took command with another 67 in round three.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y., August 16-18.
TV: Friday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 9-11 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel all three days.
LAST YEAR: Willie Wood sank a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to close out a 4-under-par 68 and force a playoff, which he won with a par on the first extra hole when Michael Allen hit his tee shot into the water. Wood, whose only victory on the PGA Tour came in the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, earned his first title on the Champions Tour and added another later in the year, when he captured the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Allen recorded bookend 66s, taking the clubhouse lead with birdies on two of the last three holes before Wood caught him. John Huston took a one-stroke lead into the final round after starting with 65-67, but he stumbled to 77 in the final round and plummeted to a tie for 20th.

LPGA TOUR: The 13th Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., August 16-18.
TV: Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. EDT; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m EDT, and Sunday, 2:30-8:30 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel all three days.
2011: The Europeans claimed a 7-5 margin in Sunday singles at Killeen Castle Golf Club in Dunsany, County Meath, Ireland, to take a 15-13 victory and end a streak of three consecutive defeats to the United States. The Americans lead the series 8-4. Catriona Matthew of Scotland got the Euros going on the final day by routing Paula Creamer, 6 and 5, and Sophie Gustafson of Sweden followed with a 2-up victory over Stacy Lewis after Cristie Kerr was forced to default to Karen Stupples of England because of a right wrist injury. Victories by Morgan Pressel, Vicky Hurst, Brittany Lang and Christina Kim put the U.S. back ahead, but the Europeans took control by going 2-0-1 in the last three matches, with victories by Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Azahara Munoz of Spain. Munoz supplied the winning point with a 1-up victory over Angela Stanford.

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