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Rory McIlroy to play in Australia

Updated: August 5, 2014, 11:50 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Rory McIlroy has confirmed he'll return to defend his Australian Open title.

Top-ranked McIlroy, coming off victories at the British Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, on Wednesday said he'll contest the Nov. 27-30 tournament at The Australian Golf Club.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman won the title at Royal Sydney last year by a stroke over Australia's Adam Scott and credited the victory with helping him regain his form.

The crowds "really loved the showdown ...

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