The 25-year-old Aussie started off the final round at Augusta National with birdie on the first and eagle on the second. Three consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-15 put him into the lead and gave him a swagger that we hadn’t seen all week.
But the moment got to Day quickly and he made back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 to toss away his chance of a first major championship.
“It’s really tough,” Day said. “I think pressure got to me a little bit.”
Day shot 70-68-76-70 for a 7-under-par 281 total, two shots behind Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera. He tied for second place at the 2011 Masters.