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Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
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PGA TOUR: World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday through Sunday.
TV: (In the United States) Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. EST; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. EST, on the Golf Channel each day.
TWO YEARS AGO: Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland teamed for a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to give the United States its first title in the event since 2000, winning by two strokes over Ian Poulter and Justin Rose of England, and Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka of Germany. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland led by two strokes entering the final round, but they closed with a 72 and wound up in a tie for fourth at Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou, China. Kuchar and Woodland carded six birdies in the alternate-shot final round to finish at 24-under 264, giving the U.S. its 24th title in the event, which dates to 1953. However, an American team had not won since Tiger Woods and David Duval brought home the title 11 years earlier at Buenos Aires Golf Club in Argentina.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Season completed.
NEXT EVENT: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf Club in Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii, Jan. 17-19.

LPGA TOUR: CME Group Titleholders at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Thursday through Sunday.
TV: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m. EST, on the Golf Channel each day.
LAST YEAR: Na Yeon Choi of South Korea, who captured the U.S. Women's Open earlier in the year, shot 2-under-par 70 in the final round to claim a two-stroke victory over another South Korean, LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu, at the Twin Eagles Club in Naples, Fla. Ryu pulled into a tie for the lead with Choi by making a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole, but she fell back when she three-putted from 60 feet for bogey on the next hole. Choi hit her approach to within three feet for a go-ahead birdie on the 16th hole and preserved her lead by sinking a five-foot putt for par at No. 17. The 25-year-old Choi earned $500,000. In 2013, she claimed the two biggest paychecks on the LPGA Tour to finish the season with a career-best $1.9 million.

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