Day is one of the pre tournament favourites for this week's event not only because he is the third highest world ranked player in the field but because of his amazing record at Augusta National starting on his debut in 2011 when he finished runner-up to Charl Schwartzel. It was the best debut finish by any player in nearly 30 years.
In 2012 he was agonisingly forced to withdraw during the second round with an ankle injury but he bounced back in 2013 with a 3rd place finish behind his fellow countryman Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera.
Today he made it clear what is at stake this week. "My goal is to make it to number one, one day and to get a Green Jacket and I could (possibly) do that in one week. That's exciting stuff for me because I know there has been a lot of hard work and dedication put into the game for many, many, years and it could all pay off in one week."
Day can claim both by winning this week
"It's been more a case of frustration for me," Day added referring to his recent thumb injury. "I was just coming off the WGC Match Play I was playing some pretty good golf and it was trending in the right direction going into Doral and the Florida swing. Just something so small made it so frustrating as you know everything else was fine but you need your hands to grip the golf club and every time I swing the golf club I would flinch at impact and you can't compete against the best players in the world doing that.
"But to get the cortisone injection into it well I am able to swing pain free now. I have been here since last Wednesday and have played 36 holes here over the last four days and the hand has come up nicely and am really looking forward to a nice solid start."