Here's a look at the tournaments on tap this week:
PGA Tour: Off this week
Next event: Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Jan. 9-12, 2015, at Kapalua Resort in Kapalua, Hawaii
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: Australian Open
Course: The Australian Golf Club (7,245 yards, 6,625 meters, par 70).
Purse: $1,074,600. Winner's share: $193,425.
Last year: Rory McIlroy won at Royal Sydney for his lone 2013 title. He birdied the final hole to beat Adam Scott by a stroke.
Last week: Australian left-hander Nick Cullen won the Australian Masters at Metropolitan in Melbourne. Scott, the 2012 and 2013 winner, was a stroke back along with fellow Australians James Nitties and Josh Younger.
Notes: The top-ranked McIlroy is in the field along with Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Americans Jordan Spieth, and Boo Weekley. McIlroy tied for second last week in Dubai in the European Tour's season-ending event. He won the British Open in July and the U.S. PGA Championship in August. ... Peter Senior won at The Lakes in 2012 to become the oldest winner in event history at 53. ... Gary Player won the national championship a record seven times, one more than Jack Nicklaus. ... The NSW PGA Championship is next week at Riverside Oaks, followed by the Australian PGA at Royal Pines.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Casio World Open
Course: Kochi Kuroshio Country Club
Site: Kochi, Japan
ASIAN TOUR: King's Cup
Course: Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club
Site: Kohn Kaen, Thailand
SUNSHINE TOUR: Lion of Africa Cape Town Open
Course: Royal Cape Golf Club
Site: Cape Town, South Africa
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Personal Classic
Course: Las Praderas Club Campos de Golf
Site: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup
Course: Miyazaki Country Club
Site: Miyazaki, Japan