SYDNEY - Two-time major champion and world number three Rory McIlroy will play in this year’s Australian Open, organisers said on Saturday. It will be the 24-year-old Northern Irishman’s first appearance at the Australian Open since 2007 when he tees off at the Royal Sydney Golf Club for the November 28-December 1 tournament. “It’s been a few years since I last competed in an Australian Open. I competed in 2006 when I was still an amateur and then a year later after just turning pro,” McIlroy said. “Both were in Sydney and I’ve always enjoyed myself in Sydney so I am very much looking forward to returning to Royal Sydney.” On his last Australian Open appearance six years ago McIlroy finished well down the field in a share of 59th with scores of 74, 74, 76 and 77. –AFP