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Justin Thomas poses for a picture with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. Photo: Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Justin Thomas beat Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in a three-man playoff to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, this weekend.

By the numbers: It's the 26-year-old's third victory in his last six PGA Tour starts, and the 12th of his career, giving Thomas more wins than any other active player under 30.

Looking ahead: It's a new year, which means it's time to experience new things. If you've never organized a weekend trip to a PGA Tour event, make 2020 the year you do. Here are 12 upcoming stops with serious "golf vacation" potential:

Winter:

  • Jan. 23–26: Farmers Insurance Open (Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego)
  • Jan. 30–Feb. 2: Waste Management Phoenix Open (TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • Feb. 6–9: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.)
  • March 12–15: The Players Championship (TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.)

Spring:

  • March 25–29: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas)
  • April 9–12: Masters Tournament (Augusta National in Augusta, Ga.)
  • April 16–19: RBC Heritage (Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.)
  • May 14–17: PGA Championship (TPC Harding Park in San Francisco)

Summer:

  • June 18–21: U.S. Open (Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.)
  • July 16–19: The Open Championship (Royal St. George's Golf Club in Kent, England)
  • Aug. 13–16: The Northern Trust (TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.)
  • Aug. 27–30: Tour Championship (East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta)

Go deeper: Full PGA Tour schedule

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Scamming has skyrocketed in the past year, and much of the increase is attributed to COVID-related scams, more recently around vaccines.

Why it matters: The pandemic has created a prime opportunity for scammers to target people who are already confused about the chaotic rollouts of things like stimulus payments, loans, contact tracing and vaccines. Data shows that older people who aren't digitally literate are the most vulnerable.

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.