Former world number one Rory McIlroy has arrived in Sydney for the Australian Open.
The Down-man will be one of the star attractions at Royal Sydney when the tournament kicks off on Thursday.
McIlroy, who has struggled with his game this year, said he was pleased with his form heading into the Australian Open.
”I played well the last couple of tournaments, in China and Dubai,” he says. ”I came away from both tournaments sort of disappointed with fifth and sixth. So when you’re getting to that level or that stage, and you’re disappointed walking away with pretty decent finishes from big tournaments, you know that you’re on the right track,” he said.
”My game’s in good shape. A win would be the perfect way to end the year. I’m definitely not down here for a holiday.
”I’ve got two tournaments left. I’ve got here and then fly straight back to LA for Tiger’s tournament, so it would be great to finish the year with a win. Here would be great and it would be great to get myself into contention at least.”
This will be McIlroy’s second Australian Open, having contested the 2006 tournament, also at Royal Sydney, as a teenage amateur.
”I remember it’s quite tight,” he said of Royal Sydney. ”I remember that week as well; it was quite windy and a bit of bad weather. At least you know what you’re going to expect when you come back.”
McIlroy revealed sat across the aisle from Will Ferrell on his flight to Sydney, and attended the actor’s Anchorman 2 premiere on Sunday night.
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