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Woods at 5-year mark of Thanksgiving accident (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. It was five years ago this week that a fire hydrant he struck with his SUV became the symbol of his before-and-after career. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.

American Koepka wins European Rookie of Year award (Reuters)

Brooks Koepka of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 18, 2014.         REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

LONDON (Reuters) - Brooks Koepka matched the feat achieved by fellow American Peter Uihlein 12 months ago when he was named European Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Koepka finished eighth on the money-list in his first full season on the circuit and also won the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month. "Winning the Rookie of the Year award means so much," Koepka said in a news release. (Writing by Tony Jimenez, editing by Toby Davis)

McIlroy grouped with Ogilvy, Appleby in Australia (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/STR)

SYDNEY (AP) -- No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy has been grouped with Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appleby for the opening rounds of his Australian Open title defense this week and will be among the early starters at The Australian golf club.

Rookie sensation Ko faces 'tough' task to match 2014 (Reuters)

Aug 17, 2014; Pittsford, NY, USA; Lydia Ko hits her tee shot on the 3nd hole during the final round of the Wegman's Championship golf tournament at Monroe Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko knows full well that she will face a formidable challenge next year in trying to replicate, at the very least, her astonishingly successful rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour. The 17-year-old capped a storming 2014 season by clinching her third victory in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship on Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. The youngest player in the elite field, Ko also claimed the circuit's inaugural "Race to CME Globe" title and its $1 million bonus for the biggest payday in women's golf. ...

Els dreams of carrying South African flag at 2016 Olympics (Reuters)

Ernie Els of South Africa tees off on the third hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

By Tony Jimenez (Reuters) - Ernie Els is dreaming of holding aloft the South African flag at the opening ceremony when golf returns to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, he said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The South African, who has won four major championships and more than 60 titles around the world, will be 46 when the sport returns to the Games fold in Rio de Janeiro following a 112-year absence. ...

Ko closes out amazing rookie year with big payday (The Associated Press)
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- The biggest challenge facing Lydia Ko is how she can top a rookie season like this one.

Tommy Armour III wins Callaway Invitational (The Associated Press)
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Tommy Armour III made a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole for a one-shot victory over Lee Janzen at the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.

Ko gets record haul by winning LPGA finale (The Associated Press)
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship.