Jordan Spieth back for 2016 Australian Open at Royal Sydney

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GREAT news for the Aussie Open at the Royal Sydney Golf Club this year with 2014 champion Jordan Spieth confirmed as a starter for the third year in a row.

Spieth was just a very likeable young golfer with lots of potential when he arrived at the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian golf club in 2014.

In the final round the then 21 year old shot a course record 8-under 63, rated as one of the historic event’s best ever winning rounds, to take the title from a field that included defending champion Rory McIlroy and then world No.3 Adam Scott.

Spieth went on to international fame and glory, and will return in November as a double major winner.

The 22 year old Texan also competed at the same venue in 2015, narrowly missing a playoff when he finished tied-second with Adam Scott, a single shot behind champion Matt Jones.

He now has the 2015 US Masters and 2015 US Open under his belt and continues to battle with Jason Day for the world No.1 spot.

Day versus Spieth Sydney Showdown?

Day has already let slip he is likely to be competing in Australia this year, most likely at the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath which is on the week after the Australian Open. So, a very good chance he’ll be here a week early for the Aussie Open.

As well as Day, the proximity of the World Cup should also draw a number of other international golfing stars to Sydney.

“I have really enjoyed my previous visits to Australia and I can’t wait to get back in November,” Spieth said this week as part of a Golf Australia announcement of the signing.

“I look back at my win in the 2014 Emirates Australian Open with great memories as it helped me build momentum for 2015.

“The Emirates Australian Open seems to grow in stature among the world’s players every year. The field is always strong and Royal Sydney should be a great test.”

Spieth seems to like it in Australia ... even when unusual people like Shane Warne present him with strange wooden clubs
Spieth seems to like it in Australia … even when unusual people like Shane Warne present him with strange wooden clubs

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt welcomed the news. “Jordan is one of the greatest players in today’s game and has proven to be exceptionally popular with audiences in Australia and around the globe,” said Pitt.

“He has been a great champion of the Emirates Australian Open and came within an inch of defending his title in our thrilling finish last year.

“We are really delighted that he is coming back again and think that he will form part of a very formidable line-up for fans at Royal Sydney.”

Pitt also confirmed that The Australian Golf Club would host the championship in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Venues for other years are yet to be finalised. The 2017 event will be played from November 23-26 and in 2018 from November 22-25.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres was also delighted with the news.  “Jordan Spieth is one of the best golfers on the planet, and it’s great to see him coming back to Sydney to play in the Australian Open for the third straight year.” said Mr Ayres.

“The Australian Open has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Tickets are now on sale and I suggest moving fast and booking today!”

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 all four days on Channel 7.

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at http://www.ticketek.com  or by calling 132 849.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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