America's Jordan Spieth celebrates making birdie in the play-off on the 18th hole at Royal Sydney to win the Australian Open.
America's Jordan Spieth celebrates making birdie in the play-off on the 18th hole at Royal Sydney to win the Australian Open. PAUL MILLER

Spieth has greats' Open record in sights

GOLF: American Jordan Spieth is already making plans to defend his Australian Open crown in 2017.

The world No.5 won a play-off with Ashley Hall and Cameron Smith at Royal Sydney to claim the Stonehaven Cup for the second time after his 2014 triumph.

As the 10th dual winner, Spieth revealed he has set his sights on making inroads into the incredible achievements of legendary golfers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

That pair won the Australian Open six and seven times, respectively, when the tournament was golf's unofficial fifth major in the 1960s and '70s.

"I feel pretty poorly about two (titles) if those guys have done it so much,” the 23-year-old Texan said, adding "we love coming here”.

"It's hard to tell a year from now, but how can you argue with coming here and gaining the confidence that we've had out of this event?

"I've cut out a lot of overseas travel this year, but we still came here because that's how important this event is to us.”

Trailing Nicklaus and Player for most Australian titles are Greg Norman and Ivo Whitton (five), Ossie Pickworth (four), and Norman Von Nida and Carnegie Clark (three).


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