Spieth confirms 2015 Australian Open title defence

San Antonio, TX: New world number four, Jordan Spieth, confirmed he will defend his Emirates Australian Open title later this year in Sydney.

21-year-old Speith indicated plans were already in place to head back ‘Down Under’ after finishing runner-up to fellow Texan Jimmy Walker in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

Jordan Spieth In 2014 Jordan Spieth became the first American to win the Australian Open since 1993 (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“Yes, it may be March but I am already looking forward to heading back to Sydney to defend my Australian Open title,” said Spieth.

“I’m currently in the process of organising that so the 2015 Australian Open is definitely on my schedule.”

Spieth’s effort on Sunday in the Alamo City saw him jump two places on the World Rankings and that much closer to current World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

“That’s cool as I am inching closer and closer each week,” said Spieth.

“I am just trying to take advantage of it but then I’m not pinching myself, because there’s still three guys ahead of me, so I’m just trying to climb up.”

The effort of Spieth has seen the ultra-talented 21-year old move to number four in the World Rankings and will now head to Augusta as a real threat to win an Augusta National green jacket.

And while Spieth will tee up in this week’s Shell Houston Open he’s expressed delight he’ll then return to Augusta National where he finished a brilliant second on debut a year ago without the pressure being placed on World No. 1 Rory McIlroy’s shoulders.

“I believe all the attention that will be focussed on Rory when we get to the Masters is going to make it easier for all the other guys.”

“Of course, if Tiger elects to compete then that is going to divide the spotlight between he and Rory.”

“So it’s going to be nice knowing you’re not going to be pounded by questions and questions so I can see it only helping me that I have to talk less about the Masters than what Rory and or Tiger will be facing.”