This week in the world of golf . . .

Greg Chalmers of Australia waves to the crowd after dropping his putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the U.S. Bank Championship.

PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA

AUSTRALIAN MASTERS

Site: Melbourne, Australia.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Victoria Golf Club (6,886 yards, par 71).

Purse: $1.02 million. Winner’s share: $183,300.

Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon).

Last year: Stuart Appleby won for the first time in nine years in his home country, overcoming a seven-shot deficit with a final-round 65 to beat Adam Bland by a stroke.

Last event: Brad Kennedy won the New Zealand Open on Dec. 4, holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with fellow Australian Craig Parry.

Notes: Greg Chalmers, the Australian Open and Australian PGA winner last month, is trying to become the second player to complete the Australian Triple Crown. Robert Allenby accomplished the feat in 2005. Chalmers and Allenby top the Australian contingent along with Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden. Top-ranked Luke Donald, the first player to sweep money titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour, also is in the field along with fellow English player Ian Poulter and Italian teen star Matteo Manassero. ... Appleby is fighting a nagging back injury that might force him to withdraw. ... The par-4 opening hole is 257 yards. ... Tiger Woods won in 2009 at Kingston Heath.

Online: http://www.australianmasters.com.au

PGA Tour of Australasia site: http://pgatour.com.au

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

ASIAN TOUR: Thailand Golf Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Amata Spring Country Club, Bangkok. Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 1:30-5:30 a.m., noon-3 p.m.). Online: http://www.asiantour.com

TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Sport Frances Copa Nissan, Thursday-Sunday, Sport Frances Golf Club, Santiago, Chile. Online: http://www.tourdelasamericas.com

WOMEN

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Dubai Ladies Masters, Wednesday-Saturday, Emirates Golf Course, The Majlis, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday-Saturday, 3-6 p.m.). Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com

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