Sydney - World number two Jordan Spieth
confirmed Tuesday he will play the Australian Open for a third straight year,
returning to a tournament where he has enjoyed success.
The American two-time major winner won the
tournament by six shots in late 2014, a victory that set him up for his
breakthrough year where he won the first two majors of 2015.
He returned last year when he narrowly
missed a playoff, finishing tied-second with Adam Scott, a shot behind winner
"I look back at my win in the 2014
Emirates Australian Open with great memories as it helped me build momentum for
2015," said the 22-year-old Spieth, whose US Open defence ended with a
whimper on Sunday in Pennsylvania as he finished tied 37th after a final-round
"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."
The tournament gets under way at Royal
Sydney Golf Club from November 17.