Matt Kuchar: (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Americans Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker have signed on to play the 2018 Emirates Australian Open.

Kuchar, a seven-time winner on the US PGA Tour and Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup stalwart, confirmed last month he would play at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from 15-18 November.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the championship in Sydney,” Kuchar said.

“There is always a real buzz around the Australian Open and I can’t wait to have another shot at winning the Stonehaven Cup.”

Affectionately known around the golf world as “Kooch”, Matt will play the Australian Open for the third time having made his debut in 2000 at Kingston Heath and then playing again in 2011 at The Lakes. Kuchar, 40, has been a fixture in the world top 30 for eight years, with much of that time spent in the top 10.

Meanwhile, Snedeker, a nine-time winner on the US PGA Tour and former Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup representative, recently shared his excitement to play down under.

“I’ve always loved coming down to Australia and I’m really looking forward to spending some time in Sydney around the Open in November,” Snedeker said.

This will be Snedeker’s second Australian Open, having finished as joint runner-up on his debut in 2007 at The Australian, just one stroke behind champion Craig Parry.

Snedeker, 37, has been a regular in the US tour’s playoffs, having won at least once in six of the past eight years, including the 2012 Tour Championship when he was also FedEx Cup champion.

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