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Rory McIlroy looking to match Nicklaus and Player with victory at Australian Open

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/STR)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Race to Dubai trophy at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/STR)  (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy is looking to join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as the only non-Australian players to have won back-to-back Australian Open titles when the world No. 1 tees off on Thursday in Sydney.

Having finished the DP World Tour Championship with a share of second place, McIlroy will arrive in Sydney on Monday for the event at The Australian Golf Club.

McIlroy says Sunday that "to match something that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have achieved would be amazing."

It's not the only connection to come to his notice.

He said "Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Player are two players to have won the Grand Slam and their connection with the Australian Open is pretty timely for me."

McIlroy needs victory in the Masters at Augusta to complete his Grand Slam.