McIlroy confirms Australian Open defence

Fresh from victories at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, The Open Championship at Hoylake and now the PGA Championship at Valhalla, world number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will return to Sydney to defend his Emirates Australian Open title.

The $1.25 million tournament will be played at the Jack Nicklaus- redesigned The Australian Golf Club from November 27 to 30 and is jointly sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy holds the 2013 Australian Open trophy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The 25 year-old, four-time major champion from Northern Ireland won the 2013 Emirates Australian Open by a stroke over Australia’s Adam Scott in front of huge crowds at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Sydney in November to defend my Emirates Australian Open title,” McIlroy said.

“I had a terrific experience last year in front of great crowds. They really loved the showdown between myself and Adam. And it proved to be a really important win for me. I believe my return to form was given real momentum in Australia last year.”

“I’ve heard great things about The Australian Golf Club since the Jack Nicklaus redesign and I look forward to competing in front of the Aussie fans again later in the year.”

McIlroy’s Open Championship win saw him join the record books with Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only three players to have won three Major championships by the age of 25.

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said the Emirates Australian Open was fast shaping as an ‘unmissable’ event with McIlroy’s confirmation.

“We are thrilled that Rory is able to return to Sydney in November. His commanding wins at the Open Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational (and now the PGA) were another demonstration of his extraordinary talent which has made him the household name that he is,” Pitt said.

“As the defending champion and based on the volume of responses we had from the fans, sponsors and TV viewers, we were obviously very keen to have Rory come back to Australia. We’re excited about the potential of Rory rekindling the final round battle from 2013 and the stage is set for a huge week at The Australian Golf Club.”