Jason Day dreaming of winning Masters
JASON Day's Augusta ghosts will not haunt him at the Masters next week.
The Queenslander has declared he is not frightened to fail when he takes another crack at winning the famed golf tournament he says is "very close to my heart".
The 27-year-old from Beaudesert, south of Brisbane, recalled how his life philosophy had changed after standing on the 16th tee at Augusta National on a surreal Sunday afternoon in 2013 with a one-shot lead and a chance to become the first Australian to win the US Masters.
History shows he bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes before painfully missing a pressure birdie at the 18th, which would have put him in a play-off with Argentina's Angel Cabrera and fellow Queenslander Adam Scott, who went on to make history by winning in a play-off.
"I'm not scared to fail. I'm not scared to go into that event and lose," he said during a teleconference hook-up from the US yesterday.
"To be honest, I've realised this year that it is okay to go out there and fail because I am going to fail more times that I am going to win and I have to keep learning and get better from my failures."
Day has dreamt of winning the Masters. He says he was a young kid watching his idols, including former world number one Tiger Woods, play Augusta, and to be one of the favourites now is humbling.
If anything, his 2013 heart-ache and disappointment has made him more focused on winning the Masters than ever.
"I guess I just want it more. This tournament is really close to my heart, it's always been there,'' he said.
"Like I have said in the past, I always wanted to be the first Australian (to win it) but Adam got there before me.
"But I am okay with being the second Australian to win it."
Day, Australia's highest ranked player at number five, has prepared himself mentally and physically following a 2014 season disrupted by injuries which sidelined him for a few months during the season.
He still harbours the desire to get to world number one - a ranking Scott held briefly after his 2013 Masters triumph.
"I'm not sure if it will happen this year but I want it more then ever in my entire career," he said.