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McIlRoy gears up to play Down Under....


Former Oakley staff player Rory McIlroy has revealed he will end his season contesting the Australian Open in Sydney.

Double major winner McIlroy confirmed his appearance Down Under, along with the following week's Tiger Woods hosted World Challenge in Los Angeles, after finishing in a share of eighth place in the defence of his PGA Championship title at Oak Hill.

The Australian Open will be held at the Royal Sydney course from November 28 to December 1.

"It is pretty much locked in place I will be playing the Australian Open in Sydney," he said.

"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 last time McIlroy competed at the Australian Open was in 2007 when he finished in a share of 59th with scores of 74, 74, 76 and 77.

McIlroy is no stranger to Sydney. Earlier this year his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki contested the APIA International and the pair were photographed at the top of Sydney Tower.

It is rumoured that McIlroy was all set to compete in last year's Australian Open for a reported $1 million appearance fee. However, Golf Australia and his management team denied the rumours.

McIlroy said he has also accepted an invitation a week later to play in the World Challenge, hosted by Nike golf teammate Tiger Woods 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.

McIlroy admitted after his best Major finish this year that he had started to experience the feelings he had last year in Ohio in finishing eighth in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational a week before capturing a second Major Championship victory.

"I feel just like I did in leaving the Bridgestone last year as my game is pretty much in great shape.

"There's still enough golf ahead of me this year to turn it into very good year," he said.

"I have four very big weeks coming up 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."

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