Masters disappointment for Aussies

For a Masters that promised so much, if left the Australian stars Jason Day and Adam Scott flat and frustrated.

With Day the best-placed Australian in 28th place – a whopping 17 shots behind winner Jordan Spieth – the 2015 edition was the country’s worst Masters since 2001 when Stuart Appleby did best in a tie for 31st.

Had Day not hit a stunning second fairway bunker approach to four-feet on the last and made his par putt it would have been Australia’s worst Masters since 1959 when only Peter Thomson made the cut and he was then disqualified after the third round.

Having a champion, two runner-ups, a third, two fourths and two eighths in the previous four Masters certainly raised Australian expectations.

But, short of Day’s impressive 67 in round one, which left him tied second at the time, the highlights for Australia were few and far between.

At least Australians can point out that Spieth is the reigning Australian Open champion and the Texan has an Australian as his longtime coach, US-based Cameron McCormick.

Day’s usually impressive putting deserted him this week as he failed to help him convert numerous birdie opportunities.

Scott, the 2013 champion, could only muster a one-over total, joining John Senden in a tie for 38th while Geoff Ogilvy was 48th in his return to Augusta for the first time in three years.

“Overall a pretty disappointing week, really,” Day lamented after a three-over 75 closing 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 could not hide his frustration at how penal his errors were as he finished 74 74 at the weekend.

He was completely taken out of the running with two double bogeys on Saturday and a disastrous quadruple bogey seven on the postcard 12th hole on Sunday after visiting Rae’s creek twice.

“I played fairly well the last three days and didn’t score very well,” said Scott, who now drops to world No.7.

“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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