Spieth confirms Australian Open defence
As tickets go on sale around the country for the November event in Sydney, 21-year-old Spieth, winner of both the Masters tournament and the US Open in 2015, has officially committed to the Open at The Australian from 26-29 November.
The Texan superstar fell just short of winning a third consecutive major in the Open Championship at St Andrews last week, finishing just one shot out of a playoff. Had he managed a third major in a row, he would have joined the late, great Ben Hogan and set off for an unprecedented Grand Slam of professional majors.
Jordan Spieth (Credit: Anthony Powter)
But now, he will focus on the remainder of the season and the Emirates Australian Open.
Spieth, 21, played arguably the greatest round in the Australian Open’s storied history last November to win the Stonehaven Cup by six shots.
And with the Open returning to The Australian Golf Club in Sydney for a record 19th time from November 26-29, the American is hoping he can emulate his eight-under-par round of 63 that sent the golfing world into a frenzy.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to return to Sydney,” said Spieth, who parlayed his Australian success into a string of great results, including his record-breaking run to win the green jacket at The Masters in April.
“I had a fantastic time in Australia. I can’t wait to come back and hopefully defend the Stonehaven Cup.”
Spieth was ranked 11th in the world when he hoisted the Stonehaven Cup, but after winning the Emirates Australian Open, The Hero World Challenge, The Valspar Championship and The Masters, he reached number two. His victory in the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington recently has him within touching distance of the world number one, Rory McIlroy.
He is just the sixth player in history to hold both the Masters and US Open titles at one time, and just the second – behind the immortal Jack Nicklaus – to hold the Masters, US Open and Australian Open titles at one point. Nicklaus achieved this in 1972 after he won the Australian Open at Royal Hobart in 1971.
The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.
The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7.
Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at (www.ticketek.com)[http://www.ticketek.com] or by calling 132 849.
The 2015 Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.