SEOUL (AFP) – Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will play the Kolon Korea Open in October, adding another Asian event to his schedule, organisers said Thursday.
The former world number one and two-time major winner, scratching for form after his big-money move to Nike, will be the main attraction at the October 17-20 event.
McIlroy is playing the tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, on the outskirts of Seoul, for the third time after visits in 2009 and 2011, when he finished joint third and runner-up.
"I remember the course, but the thing I remember most is that the par-threes are tough, especially on the back nine," McIlroy said, according to a press release from organisers OneAsia.
"All aspects of your game have to be in shape every week, but especially iron play considering the tough par-threes we will have to play."
McIlroy is already confirmed for a one-day exhibition event with Tiger Woods in China on October 28, as well as the Australian Open in Sydney starting in late November.
The 24-year-old swept all before him in a dazzling season last year but has slipped to world number four after switching clubs under his new sponsor.
In 2011, McIlroy carded a blistering final round of 64 in South Korea as he finished second behind America's Rickie Fowler, one of a number of big-name winners of the event along with Vijay Singh, John Daly and Sergio Garcia.