RORY MCILROY is reported to have confirmed he will be a starter at the Australian Open in Sydney in 2013.
The two-time major winner last played the event in 2007 and reportedly confirmed his appearance after finishing tied for eighth at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
“It is pretty much locked in place I will be playing the Australian Open in Sydney,” the Northern Irishman is said to have disclosed.
“It’s been a couple of years since I last competed in an Australian Open. I competed in 2006 when I was still an amateur and then a year later after just turning pro.
“Both were in Sydney and I’ve always enjoyed myself in Sydney so I am very much looking forward to returning to Royal Sydney.”
The Australian Open will be played at Royal Sydney from November 28 to December 1.
There are also suggestions McIlroy will also play in the World Cup, to be staged at Royal Melbourne the week before the open.
McIlroy did not confirm this but said he had accepted an invitation to play in the Tiger Woods hosted World Challenge from December 5-8 at the Sherwood Country Club course in suburban Los Angeles.
“It will be a great two weeks to finish up my year so I’m looking forward to competing in both events,” he said.
“I have four very big weeks coming up [with the US PGA Tour Championship Playoffs] to try and finish off the PGA Tour season well.”
“I’ve also got a few events out in Asia, the Australian Open and Tiger’s event so I’ve got plenty of opportunity to round off my year on a good note.”
Adam Scott is so far the only official signing for Royal Sydney but adding the precocious talents of McIlroy – even if maybe currently still slightly off kilter – would be a huge added drawcard.