AUGUSTA (Sporting Alert) — Jason Day heads the leaderboard at the end of day two at the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday.
The 25-year-old Australian finished with a second-round 68 and ended the day with a 6-under-par total of 138.
Day, who tied for second place in his Masters debut two years-ago, failed to finish last year after being forced to pull out of the competition after the first round with an ankle injury.
He said it was disappointing not to have finished last year, but have now moved past that and he happy to be back and leading at this stage.
“I wish I could have played through the pain of last year,” Day on www.masters.com.
“It’s really good to be back here. Obviously, being on top of the leader board is a great honor. Really looking forward to getting out there the next two days.”
“When it comes to the weekend, I know there are a lot of good players behind me who are going to play well.
“If I go out there and commit to the game plan, hopefully I can be there come Sunday.”
He added: “It just feels like every shot is the biggest shot you’ve ever hit out there.
“It’s really, really difficult.
“I just tried to breathe as much as I could to keep myself down as much as I could. I played really well.”
Day will start the third round ahead of Fred Couples and Thursday night’s co-leader Marc Leishman, who are one stroke behind at 6-under-par for a total of 139 strokes.
“That those guys, they are great players, but I’ve got to compete against them and try to beat them,” Leishman said.
“I can’t put them on a pedestal. I think I’ve gotten a little bit better at that, but it’s probably going to be hard the next two days, you know, where we are.
“But I’ve been working hard on all that, the mental part of the game, and hopefully it will keep me in good stead for the weekend.”
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is tied for seventh place with 3-under-par for a total of 141.
“The score doesn’t quite indicate how well I played,” Woods, who had a brief stint with the leaders at 5-under before falling off, said.
“I felt I played really well, especially when the wind was picking up and swirling all over the place.”