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Revealed: By the PGA Tour, plans for a new 187,000-foot headquarters on existing Tour property at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The headquarters, to be designed by Foster + Partners of London, will house the Tour’s 750-plus employees. Work is expected to be completed in 2020.

Out: Until the Masters, Brooks Koepka, who cites a partially torn tendon in his left wrist. Koepka, 27, the reigning U.S. Open champion, rolled to a nine-stroke victory in the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan in November before he finished last in two limited-field events, the Hero World Challenge in December and the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions. He is No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Released: The 2018 schedule for the Challenge Tour, Europe’s developmental tour. Up to 29 tournaments spanning 23 countries on three continents will be held. The top 15 players in the Order of Merit will earn promotions to the European Tour for next season. Play begins March 22 in Kenya (schedule: http://bit.ly/1iwPn2P).

Announced: By organizers of the Latin America Amateur Championship, that the tournament will return to Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic, in 2019 for the fifth annual event. Casa de Campo hosted the LAAC in 2016, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet as the winner. The LAAC champion receives an invitation to compete in the Masters, plus exemptions into the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.