Tiger Woods to play in 2011 Australian Open

10:32, August 02, 2011      

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Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt on Monday confirmed that Tiger Woods will return to Sydney for the first time in 15 years to contest this year's Australian Open.

Pitt announced that Woods would join the tournament to be held at The Lakes course in eastern Sydney of Australia on November 10-13.

The 14-times major champion Woods said he was keen to return to Australia.

"I'm very excited to be competing in the Australian Open," he said in a statement released on Monday.

"I haven't played in the tournament since 1996, and I'm anxious to return.

"I have a great affinity for playing golf in Australia and I'm looking forward to competing against an outstanding field at The Lakes in Sydney."

New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell said Woods' participation is great news for the Australian Open.

"We are focused on having the strongest and most compelling events calendar in the country and sport obviously plays a key role in that calendar," O'Farrell told The Australian newspaper on Monday.

"With Tiger in town, the eyes of the world will again be on Australia's global events city."

New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said Woods remains without doubt one of the best golfers on the planet and is a huge drawcard, adding that his participation is a big coup for the Australia' s state of New South Wales.

Woods' inclusion will add further star quality to the Australian Open tournament already featuring Australia's two-time major runner-up Jason Day and top-ranked Americans Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

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