Jason’s Day at Augusta

Jason Day (11/2 Masters Outright) admits the pressure of possibly becoming the first Australian to win The Masters could weigh on his shoulders after moving into the halfway lead at Augusta.

The 25-year-old fired a solid four-under-par 68 on Friday, to move to -6 for the tournament and create a one-shot advantage over 1992 champion Fred Couples (28/1 Masters Outright), who again rolled back the years with a 71, and first-round co-leader Marc Leishman (33/1), who carded a 73.

No Australian has ever won at Augusta, with Greg Norman coming closest with three second-place finishes, including a play-off defeat in 1987 and one of the biggest ever final-round collapses in 1996.

Day concedes he always feels under pressure at the prestigious Georgia venue but is hoping he will be inspired by what he admits is his favourite event on the calendar.

“It feels like every shot is the biggest shot you’ve ever hit in your life,” Day said. “This is my favourite tournament of the year.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of pressure on my shoulders, being from Australia and no Australian has ever won the event.”

Elsewhere on the Friday, China’s Tianlang Guan survived a one-stroke penalty for slow play to become the youngest player ever to make the cut at Augusta while, despite a poor end to his round, Tiger Woods (9/4 favourite Masters Outright) remains dangerously poised, just three shots off the lead.

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