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Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
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PGA TOUR: Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., Thursday through Sunday.
TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel and 3-6 p.m. EDT on CBS.
LAST YEAR: Marc Leishman of Australia came from six strokes behind by shooting a bogey-free, 8-under-par in the final round to claim his first victory on the PGA Tour by one stroke over Charley Hoffman and Bubba Watson. Leishman shot 5-under 30 on the front nine and carded three more birdies coming home, but had to wait nearly two hours before claiming the victory because he started so far ahead of the leaders. Hoffman, who closed with a 66 in search of his third PGA Tour victory, took a two-stroke lead to the 17th tee, but he drove into the water en route to a double-bogey 6, then failed to get up-and-down for par after missing the final green. Watson, who shot 65-65 on the weekend trying to win for the first time since the Masters, missed a 17-foot birdie on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill., Friday through Sunday.
TV: Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. EDT; Saturday, and Sunday, 3-5 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel each day.
LAST YEAR: Inaugural event, with the Champions Tour returning to the Chicago area for the first time since 2002, when Bob Gilder captured the SBC Championship at Harborside International Golf Club.

LPGA TOUR: The 68th United States Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., June 27-30.
TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2; Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT on NBC.
LAST YEAR: Na Yeon Choi of South Korea built a six-stroke lead by shooting 7-under-par 65 in the third round and held on for a four-stroke victory over Amy Yang, also from South Korea, despite closing with a 73 at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wis. The 24-year-old Choi claimed her sixth victory on the LPGA Tour, but her first major title. She was coasting along with a five-stroke lead after nine holes in the final round, but she lost her ball after hooking a drive into the trees en route to a triple-bogey 8, reducing the lead to two shots. However, Choi righted the ship with a birdie on the next hole, and after par saves on the 12th and 13th holes, she locked up the title with birdies on the 15th and 16th. Choi became the fourth South Korean to claim the title in a five-year span, joining Inbee Park (2008), Eun-Hee Ji (2009) and So Yeon Ryu (2011).

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