Spieth to play in Australia

American golfer Jordan Spieth has confirmed that he will be playing at the Australian Open from 17-20 November at the Royal Sydney Golf club.

The world number two has played at the event over the past two years, winning the tournament in 2014 and finishing second in a playoff tied with Adam Scott, both a shot behind tournament winner Matt Jones.   

The 22-year-old said in an interview that the event had played an important part in helping him prepare in winning his two major titles. 

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

"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." 

Stephen Pitt, Golf Australia chief executive, said it was great news that Spieth was returning back to play in Australia.

"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.”