Jordan Spieth is already winking at his Masters demons

Dustin Johnson hits from a bunker to the second green during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

Jason Day heads to the Masters feeling "lighter" after positive news in his mother's fight with cancer, but admits he is under-prepared for the first major of the year.

In 2016, Spieth made the turn on the final day with a commanding five-shot lead. They removed a tumor of about 3.5 centimeters, which was almost at the threshold for chemotherapy.

"I got in Wednesday, so I kind of got a really good idea of what the course is playing like and how to play it before I got to the practice rounds with those guys", he said. "She is in a fair amount of pain but hopefully things are looking up".

"The biggest thing for me is making sure I'm committed on every shot". She sacrificed a lot, and so did my sisters, just to get me to a golf academy seven hours away from my family and friends. Dening Day had successful surgery to remove a cancerous mass from her lung in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital.

UNDERACHIEVER: Rickie Fowler was listed in a magazine survey of players (who didn't have to give their names) as the most overrated player on the PGA Tour two years ago. "He was keeping all of that in and it was weighing on him so heavy". Day recalled once when he was 11 years old and shot a poor score.

"She's good", Day said. "That's going to magnify the misses for a lot of players". Unfortunately, I'm not like that ...

McIlroy has performed very well too despite competing in almost half the events, placing in the Top 10 three times in four PGA events with just over $1 million in earnings compared to more than $5 million for Johnson. I feel selfish being there playing and I was stuck between two worlds.

"I don't know", Johnson said. "But, you know, I think like I've heard Jordan (Speith) talk about, using it to your advantage and I certainly did", added Scott. Tomorrow's Par 3 Contest (weather pending) should provide us with another exciting day heading into Thursday's first round. And it's one that didn't work the last time he played in competition.

"I'm a little bit unprepared, to be honest", he said. "It's one of many tournaments I've lost given a certain performance on a hole or a stretch of holes". "But now it's past and I'm thinking about playing golf". If I play my best golf, I believe that I can take down anybody, and you have to believe that.

Day, who has finished in the top 10 three times at Augusta, has been encouraged by patrons all week, and he has appreciated the support.

Perhaps no one entered this week more prepared for this course than Rory McIlroy.

"But I have beaten him", boasts soft-spoken Fleetwood, who slid to around 200th in the world rankings a year ago before a run of superb results vaulted him inside the top 50 and earned him a place at the world's most elite golf tournament for the first time. "And this is my favorite week of the year".

"I think it's great", he said of all the talk about him.

"But I'm excited about the opportunity ahead, which is now".

  • Julie Sanders