Dual champion Jordan Spieth is coming back to defend his Emirates Australian Open title.
Spieth, the world No.6, is the first big name to commit to what promises to be an impressive field for the national championship at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from November 23-26.
The 23-year-old from Texas won the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian in 2014 with a stellar 63 on the final day, and narrowly missed a playoff at the same venue in 2015 when he finished tied-second with Adam Scott, a single shot behind Matt Jones.
\After coming so close again in 2015, it was great to get the Stonehaven Cup back last year.
But he renewed his acquaintance with the Stonehaven Cup at Royal Sydney last November when he triumphed in a thrilling playoff against Ash Hall and Cam Smith.
Seeking his third Australian title at a venue that he readily acknowledges helped propel him all the way to two major championships in 2015 and the world No.1 ranking, Spieth can’t wait to return to Sydney.
“I have really enjoyed my visits to Australia, and can’t wait to get back in November,'' said Spieth. “I look back at the win in 2014 at The Australian, which is a great memory, and it definitely helped build momentum for a successful 2015,” he added.
“The Emirates Australian Open seems to grow in stature among the world’s players every year, and I really enjoy playing in front of the enthusiastic galleries in Sydney. It should be a great test again—I can’t wait.”
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 ISPS Handa 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 www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.