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.