WORLD NO.1: Jason Day hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
WORLD NO.1: Jason Day hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. KEVIN C COXGETTY IMAGES

Day dream believer

Queenslander Jason Day goes in search his US Masters dream this weekend in better form than even the once almighty Tiger Woods with a stunning 50% winning strike-rate and a belief he can keep winning.

And according to UBET's Gerrard Daffy, punters have jumped on the Queenslander as they did Woods in his halcyon days as world No.1.

"Punters have won a heap on him and unlike Tiger who was always around $3, Day has been at great odds," Daffy told Australian Regional News on the eve of the Masters. "If he was a racehorse like Winx, he'd be odds on. His strike-rate in golf is stunning."

The newly crowned world No.1 heads the Aussie contingent and is the pre-tournament's favourite at $7, having won six of his past 12 starts, including his last two, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC Match Play.

But Augusta National is no easy place to win, especially if you are an Aussie.

Until Adam Scott got the monkey off Australian golf's back in 2013 it had been a bogey tournament highlighted by Greg Norman's meltdown in 1996 when losing to Nick Faldo.

Scott, lurking at world No.6 and with a game that is tried and tested around Augusta, is also rated highly by punters at $12, with Marc Leishman at $66, Cameron Smith a $250-1 bolter and Steven Bowditch worth a dollar each way at $300.

Day is the flavour of the month. At 28 and now a father of two, he seems to have found an inner peace off the course and on it with a game he once tried to push and shove and fight because of his desire to be the best.

"It's a great feeling to be No.1 in the world and going into the Masters on the back of the way I have been playing. But, to be honest, I don't think I am the favourite this week," Day said as he fronted the media.

"I feel good about my game but there are so many wonderful players like Jordan (Spieth), Adam (Scott), Rory (McIlroy), Bubba (Watson) and Phil (Mickelson). They all know how to play well here.''

Fellow Queenslander Scott has a lifetime bond with Augusta and he feels excited every time he walks through the famed entrance to the course.

"Having won here it's impossible for me not to walk around this course with a smile permanently on my face," he said. "Knowing I can come back here forever makes me very happy.

"But I can't just expect to show up this week and be in contention. It's a major championship, it's a different examination of the tour game altogether and it will require my total focus to get there on Sunday."



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