Jason hopes his Day will come

Jason Day has chased a Green Jacket since he watched Tiger Woods win the 1997 US Masters in record-smashing fashion, spurred on by a 2011 runner-up debut effort and third in 2013.

Now the 27-year-old Australian (photo) has healed a nagging thumb injury and enters the 79th Masters with confidence after a victory at Torrey Pines in February, fuelling a hunger to win at Augusta National unlike any other event.

"To win this tournament, this is one of those things that has always been a life-long goal of mine," Day said on Monday. "We've been gearing my golf game ever since I was 12, 13, to try and attack this golf tournament, building my game towards winning this tournament.

"Whatever I win after, that would be a bonus."

But Day knows any weakness in his game is a doorway to doom on the back nine on Sunday on an unforgiving course.

"Knowing that I've been close a couple times already in such a short time, it gives me a lot of confidence in my abilities," Day said.

"But I've got to make sure I'm confident in my game, that I manage my emotions and attitude. You have to have everything in line - in your personal life, on the golf course - because if there's one little chink in the armour, everything can unravel here."

Day just missed a play-off two years ago when Adam Scott won to become the first Aussie to capture the Masters crown, but that near-miss and lost opportunity did not diminish his desire.

"I just want to win it even more now," he said. - AFP.