Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will end his season down under at the 2013 Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club from November 28-December 1.
“It is pretty much locked in place I will be playing the Australian Open in Sydney,” McIlroy said. “It’s been a couple of years since I last competed in an Australian Open. I’ve always enjoyed myself in Sydney so I am very much looking forward to returning to Royal Sydney.”
While it seems unlikely that he will take his place in the World Cup a week earlier in Melbourne after it was decided that Northern Ireland won’t have it’s own team in the tournament, McIlroy’s announcement adds firepower to the Summer of Golf which has been bolstered with the decision that Royal Melbourne will host the Golf World Cup following the Australian Masters.
McIlroy has struggled for form in the early parts of 2013, but a solid performance at last week’s PGA Championship hopefully signals a return to form for the World Number 3 who will be looking to finish off the year strongly.
Matt Kuchar announced earlier in the week that he would take his place in the 2013 Australian Masters and it seems likely that he will stick around in Melbourne for another week to represent USA in the World Cup.
Phil Mickelson’s management confirmed to Pro Golf Now on Thursday night that the reigning British Open champion won’t take part in the World Cup, but the field won’t lack talent with Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera expected to be apart of the 60 person field.