Aussie contingent laments failing to master Augusta

AUSTRALIA had its worst Masters since 2001, when Stuart Appleby was the best-placed Aussie in a tie for 31st place.

With 2013 champion Adam Scott and former runner-up Jason Day in the field as well as major champion Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and amateur Anthony Murdaca, expectations had been high going into the weekend.

Day's first round of 67, which had him tied for second at that stage, raised those expectations, but by the end of the tournament they had all slipped away.

Queenslander Day was the best of the four who made the cut, finishing with a three-over round of 75 to leave him in 28th place on one-under - 17 shots behind winner Jordan Spieth.

Had Day not produced a recovery shot from the fairway bunker and sunk a par putt it would have been Australia's worst Masters since 1959 when only Peter Thomson made the cut and was then disqualified after the third round.

Scott finished on one-over, joining fellow Queenslander Senden in a tie for 38th, while former US PGA champion Ogilvy was 48th after playing at Augusta for the first time in three years.

"Overall a pretty disappointing week, really," Day said after finishing his final round. "I feel like I've been working really hard in the gym, doing the right things with my body, coming in early, working hard, especially around the greens.

"To come in and have a disappointing finish like this is, it sucks. But obviously this means that I need to work harder."

Scott who has dropped to No.7 in the world rankings, added: "I played fairly well the last three days and didn't score very well. Too many big numbers on the weekend. Plenty to work on to correct that kind of stuff. I mean, realistically, I was too far back after two days."



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