Masters: Jason Day has chance to replace Tiger Woods as world No 1 at Augusta
Jason Day is one of three players who can replace the absent Tiger Woods as world No 1 in this week's Masters.
Last Updated: 07/04/14 10:16pm
Four-time winner Woods is missing the first major of the season for the first time in his career after undergoing surgery on a pinched nerve in his back last week.
That leaves the way clear for Day, defending champion Adam Scott or Sweden's Henrik Stenson to claim top spot in the rankings for the first time in their careers, although they will all need good performances at Augusta National.
Scott, who won his first major title 12 months ago in a playoff with Angel Cabrera, will pass Woods if he finishes joint third, with no more than one other player, or better on Sunday.
Stenson, whose best Masters finish is a tie for 17th in 2007 and 2008, will need to finish joint second, with no more than one other player, or better to overtake Woods.
The 26-year-old has an impressive record at Augusta, finishing second on his debut in 2011 and third behind compatriot Scott 12 months ago.
Day said: "I'm just not trying to think of that. I can't get to number one if I don't win, so my biggest thing is just to really focus on myself.
"I just need to go out and not really think about the outcomes that could possibly happen or get caught up in stuff that can make my game go backwards.
"I think that's what mental toughness is, to be able to stay in the present and really focus on what you need to do to produce the result in the long run. My goal is obviously to be able to get to number one one day and to have a green jacket, and I can do that in one week.
"That's exciting stuff for me because I know that there's been a lot of hard work and dedication that I've put into the game for many, many years, and it could all pay off in one week. But stuff like that, you've got to put it out of your mind."
World No 4 Day has not played since he won the WGC-Accenture Match
Play in February due to a thumb injury, but he has declared himself fit and can become world No 1 by claiming a maiden major title.
"I had a cortisone injection into it on Monday of last week, had about a week off after the injection and everything's been progressing nicely," Day said. "There's no pain. I'm taping it just as a precaution and I've been icing it a lot.
"It was frustrating for me because just coming off the WGC win at the Match Play, I was playing some pretty good golf. It was trending in the right direction going into Doral and the Florida swing there.
"It hurt every time when I swung the golf club, I would kind of flinch at impact and you just can't compete against the best players in the world doing that.
"So to get the cortisone injection into it, to be able to swing pain-free now, is great. I think I just need to tighten up a few things, just get a little sharper with my tee shots.
"But I took six, seven weeks off after coming back from Australia last year and my first event of the year, which was Torrey Pines, I finished second there."
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