Aussie Jason Day leads Masters on day two

Jason Day shot a second round 4-under, 68, to be at 6-under-par and a one stroke lead at the Masters over Fred Couples and fellow Aussie Marc Leishman.

Day, who came so close to victory at Augusta two years ago when he was tied for second with Adam Scott after Charl Schwartzel stormed home for victory, is trying to become the first Australian to win the Masters.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: Anthony Powter)

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

“It just feels like every shot is the biggest shot you’ve ever hit in your life out there. It’s really, really difficult, and you know, I’m just glad to be in the clubhouse right now.”

Whilst not wanting to jump to any conclusions with the weekend promising to be challenging, Day remains confident with his swing and game plan despite all the added attention and pressure.

“I just have to stay patient, focus on what I’m doing and really not worry about anyone else,” said Day.

“I think if I can go out there and commit to the game plan that me and (coach and caddie) Col (Swatton) have obviously worked on over the last year or two, hopefully I can be there come Sunday. It would be really, really nice.”

Four Aussies are playing Augusta and all are in with a chance of claiming the title.

Marc Leishman has played solidly, opening with rounds of 66-73 to be in a tie for second.

Leishman had to contend with two early bogeys but bounced back with birdies on the seventh and eighth holes.

He then dropped a further shot on the 14th to relinquish the outright lead but held it together over the closing holes to remain in contention.

“It was a fun day out there today and I was able to grind it out out there,” said Leishman.

“It was tough on the back nine. A few of the easier holes were made harder with the way the wind was blowing and where the pins had been placed. I had a couple of bogeys early and to fight back on the closing nine, I was happy with that.”

Adam Scott is at 3-under and in a tie for 7th position, three behind Day after rounds of 69-72 and the only other Aussie, John Senden fired rounds of 72-70 to be in a tie for 14th position at 2-under.

Tiger Woods surged to a share of the lead during the front nine, but a tough finish has the world number one in a tie for 7th alongside Adam Scott.