Masters thumbs up for Australian Day after injury layoff

Mon Apr 7, 2014 3:59pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jason Day heads into this weeks Masters having not played competitive golf since late February due to a thumb injury but he is relieved to be back to full fitness as he seeks his first major title.

The Australian world number four had been in sparkling form earlier this year before his unexpected time on the sidelines, right after he had clinched his second PGA Tour victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Though he is still icing his left thumb and keeping it taped up as a precaution, his main concern going into the first of the season's four majors is whether he can regain his precision off the tee after a lengthy layoff.

"I just need to tighten up a few things, get a little sharper with my tee shots," Day told reporters at a wet Augusta National on Monday after only two hours of practice was possible due to the threat of lightning.

"I think I'll be good. I took six, seven weeks off after coming back from Australia last year and my first event of the (PGA Tour) year, which was Torrey, I finished second there.

"To me, personally, I think it's the amount of work that I put into my game before the actual week starts, so the preparation is very huge for me."

Day tied for second in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in late January before winning the biggest title of his career at the Match Play Championship in Arizona a month later.

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