On previous Augusta form alone, Jason Day has to be included in any staking plan for the Masters. After all, in his two completed career starts in the opening major of the year, the Australian has finished in second and third.
Day is 16/1 in the 2014 Masters betting and he is also the pick of three-time winner Gary Player, who was the first non-American to wear the Green Jacket in 1961.
The world number four has been arguably the most in-form player in the current PGA Tour season, with a victory in the WGC Accenture Match Play and a shared success with defending Masters champion Adam Scott to help Australia win the World Cup of Golf.
Day claimed the individual trophy in that event and then joined with Scott to additionally secure the team title.
Overall, in the 26-year-old’s six starts this season, alongside these two triumphs, he has racked up two other top-three finishes and a further top-10 result.
The only real negative that can be thrust in his direction is a thumb injury, which has prevented him from any tournament tune up in the past six weeks since his Match Play success.
Although he will be forced to play with a bandaged hand at Augusta, Day was happy with the condition of his thumb in an Augusta practice round in the sense that he was feeling little pain upon ball striking.
Furthermore, it is in the mind where Day has arguably made the biggest strides this year, having previously had his moments freezing over important shots.
Therefore, should he be standing on the 16th tee of the final round with the lead this time, as he was 12 months ago, there is a far greater likelihood that he get over the winning line.
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