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Australia return for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy will defend his Australian Open title in November and he credits his win last year in Sydney as the launchpad for a return to form.

McIlroy, back at the top of the world rankings, overhauled crowd favourite and fierce rival Adam Scott for victory last November, ending a winless run of more than 12 months.He has since stormed through the rankings and overtook Scott for the world No 1 spot when he clinched the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational crown on Sunday.The 25-year-old three-time major champion said he was relishing another crack at the Australian title from November 27-30."I'm really looking forward to coming back to Sydney in November to defend my Australian Open title," he said in a statement released by the tournament organisers."I had a terrific experience last year in front of great crowds. They really loved the showdown between myself and Adam. And it proved to be a really important win for me."I believe my return to form was given real momentum in Australia last year."