The boisterous Queenslander played a significant part in last year’s tournament, pushing Charl Schwartzel every step of the way.
He birdied the last two holes to finish on 13-under-par, only to be outdone by the heroics of the South African.
He is also hoping to become the first Australian to win the Masters, something that provides him with extra
Hopes of an Australian success are at an
all time high given the performance of the Australian contingent at last year’s
Adam Scott was also in contention, until a
bogey at the 17th put paid to his chances of victory.
Day said: “I’d absolutely love to be the first guy to win it from Australia, it’s certainly a driving force.
“Its probably the hardest thing left for
Australia to do. It brings an extra element to it for sure.
“Wining any Major would be great but winning the Masters, and being the first from Australia would be an unbelievable career right there.”
The notoriously feisty world number 11
is mindful, however, of getting too far ahead of himself.
“I think the key for me is to relax and try and not have too many distractions off the course,” said Day.
“I want to win, but I don’t expect to go to
Augusta and win.”