Jordan Spieth confirmed to defend 2015 Emirates Australia Open title in Sydney

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DOUBLE major winner Jordan Spieth has confirmed he will be back in Sydney to defend his Australian Open title at the Australian Golf Club in November.

Fresh from his near miss at the British Open overnight the 21 year old is sticking by his word to return to Australia for the event.

Spieth, winner of both the US Masters and the US Open in 2015, finished alongside Jason Day at 14-under at St Andrews, just a shot behind the leaders.

He fell just short of becoming just the second golfer ever along with the great Ben Hogan to win the year’s three opening majors in succession.

Tickets for the Australian Open, taking place from 26-29 November, went on sale today.

Spieth played arguably the greatest round in the Australian Open’s storied history last November to win the Stonehaven Cup by six shots.

With the Open returning to The Australian Golf Club for a record 19th time, the young Texan 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 this year.

“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 No.2. His victory in the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington recently has him within touching distance of the world No. 1, 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.

“It has been an amazing six months since I left Australia,” he said. “Shooting 63 in the final round and winning at The Australian Golf Club was one of the proudest moments of my career. To see my name on the Stonehaven Cup alongside all the champions of the game gave me great confidence.”

Emirates Australian Open tournament director Trevor Herden was delighted with Spieth’s signature.

“Jordan was a massive hit at The Australian last year – nobody who saw him play will forget his final round, in particular,” Herden said.

“But more than just play good golf, Jordan has been a tremendous ambassador for the tournament and has sung its praises in some pretty lofty places since he left, including at Augusta after he won The Masters.

“It’s a great honour to have another major champion in our field – we can’t wait to see Jordan again.”

The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia, with the winner receiving 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 or by calling 132 849.

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