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Day confirmed for Australian Open

Jason Day will play the Australian Open for the first time in four years (Photo: USGA)
It’s official. Jason Day will play the 2017 Emirates Australian Open, his first tournament appearance on these shores since 2013.

Golf Australia today announced confirmation of Day’s appearance at The Australian Golf Club from November 23-26.

The former World Number One was forced to withdraw from a scheduled appearance last year with a back injury that ended his US season early.

He missed both the national championship and the following week’s World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath but says he is now keener than ever to tee up in front of home crowds.

“The Australian Open holds a special spot in my heart. I’d love to get my name on that trophy one day – hopefully this November,” Day said in a press release from Golf Australia.

“It’s a tournament I’ve always cherished. To win our national Open would be a dream come true.

“It's great to come home and play and be involved with the people who support us so strongly when we're away.

“I’m sure the crowds will be huge in November – I’m looking forward to seeing the great supporters of golf back home.”

Day last teed up in the event in 2013 when he finished T6 behind Rory McIlroy at Royal Sydney.

His best finish came two years earlier at The Lakes when he was T4 behind Greg Chalmers in a field that included Tiger Woods and several of that year’s US and International Presidents Cup teams.

The announcement of Day’s participation is not completely unexpected though will be a relief for organisers after he intimated earlier this year he was considering playing the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast instead of in Sydney.

Large crowds are expected to attend the tournament for an up-close look at Day who is Australia’s most recent Major winner after winning the 2015 PGA at Whistling Straits.

As a 10-time PGA Tour winner, Day, currently the world’s ninth ranked player, is one of Australia’s most successful players and brings added starpower to an event that has continued to grow in stature in recent years.

Reigning Open champion and two-time winner Jordan Spieth has also confirmed his presence alongside several of Australia’s highest profile players.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt is understandably delighted with the announcement after a difficult year away from the course for the Ohio-based Day.

“Jason has done some extraordinary things in the past few years and it's great that his home fans will be able to show their appreciation for what he's done,” Pitt said.

“Obviously he's dealt with some intense personal issues this year, but we shouldn't forget that he's a 10-time winner on the US PGA Tour, including that incredible streak of seven wins in 17 starts little more than a year ago.

“We are encouraged that he is coming back again and, along with Jordan, we are already building a very formidable line-up for fans at The Australian.”


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