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Spieth to defend Australian Open title in November

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Jordan Spieth has confirmed a return trip to the Australian Open, where he won last year to spark his torrid run to the top of the golfing world.

Spieth fired a final-round 63 to win by six shots at the Australian Golf Club, and the 21-year-old will return to Sydney to defend his title according to a tournament release. This year's event is scheduled for Nov. 26-29.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to return to Sydney," Spieth said as part of the release. "I had a fantastic time in Australia. I can't wait to come back and hopefully defend the Stonehaven Cup."

When Spieth arrived in Oz last fall, he was a rising star who had only one professional win to his credit. After routing the field in Sydney, he then won the Hero World Challenge by 10 shots the following week leading into his record-breaking 2015 campaign, where he has 10 top-five finishes, with four wins including the year's first two majors.

He was No. 11 in the world rankings heading into the Australian Open, and after his T-4 finish at the Open Championship Spieth is within a point of Rory McIlroy for the top spot in the standings.

Many top players may want to consider the trip to the Australian Open, since it has become somewhat of a launching pad recently. In addition to sparking Spieth's rapid ascension, this was the event where McIlroy broke his winless drought with a final-round comeback in 2013 before claiming two major titles the following year.