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Jason Day Armed With New Irons for Masters Tilt

Jason Day during his Monday practice round at the 2018 Masters Tournament.
“Whatever.” That’s Jason Day’s take on what others think of his chances ahead of the year’s first major at Augusta National.

The 30-year-old was the first player to front the press Monday at The Masters and said the key to playing well this week was to simply focus on himself and his own game and give no thought to what others might be saying.

“I don't care what I come into an event like this, I just want to win,” he said when asked if he felt he was carrying underdog status this week.

“If it is underdog, great. If it's a favourite, great. I'm not too worried about that, I just got to put it out of my mind and just try and focus on winning.

“Whatever. I'm happy to come into an event like this with whatever tag, and I just got to put it out of my mind and just focus.”

In what is widely being touted as the most anticipated Masters in recent memory Day says the focus on the return of four-time winner Tiger Woods is not a distraction or insult to the game’s top stars.

“I think everyone's kind of solely focused on Tiger and what he's going to do here and seeing if he can get to number 15,” he said.

“But that's fine with us. That's fine with me. I can just kind of focus on what I need to do to try and win this tournament.

“Tiger's Tiger, but I think the biggest thing for me is I can't beat myself. I think on my good day I've got a good chance of beating him. I honestly believe that.

“I think that there's 10, 20 other guys out there that honestly believe they can beat Tiger as well at his good day as well now.”

The runner-up on debut in 2011, Day has a decent record at the Masters with a third place in 2013 and a T10 in 2016.

But after winning at Torrey Pines early in the season the 2015 PGA champion said he was unhappy at the recent WGC Match Play event and revealed he has put a new set of irons into play this week to try to better control his ball flight.

“I wasn't quite happy with how I was hitting it at the Match Play,” he said.

“I was launching it a little bit higher and spinning a little bit too much, and I think that everyone here knows that until you come here you don't really ‑ you don't understand or realise that there is a lot of breeze here at times, and you have to be able to control your trajectory and your spin.”

Day also said his confidence ahead of Thursday’s first round wasn’t as high as it had been in previous years but he felt that wasn’t a negative. 

“This is probably not close to the high that I've had before,” he said.

“Coming off 2015 and winning late and then obviously coming into an event where I was No. 1 in the world, I think, that was pretty high.”

“The last two events didn't really pan out the way that I wanted to, especially at Bay Hill and Match Play.

“But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

“I think that I remember winning the Match Play and playing a decent amount of holes, and it took me at least five to six days just to get over that win because I was just ‑‑you're physically exhausted, you're mentally drained, and it just ‑‑I just didn't feel right after like four or five days. 

“On the sixth day I felt fine, but that was just cutting into my preparation here.”

Day is one of four Australians in the field this week joining 2013 champion Adam Scott alongside Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

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