Last Updated: 15/04/13 2:03am
Jason Day: Two bogeys in final three holes ended his chances
Jason Day admitted that he buckled under the pressure of leading the Masters after his challenge came up just short for the second time.
The Australian, runner-up in 2011, surged into the outright lead when he reeled off three straight birdies from the 13th to get to nine under.
His compatriot Adam Scott halved the deficit with a birdie at 15, and Day then flew the green at the short 16th and failed to get up and down.
The 25-year-old dropped another shot at the next, and he was off target with a birdie putt at the last as he signed off with a 70 to finish on seven under, two behind eventual winner Scott and Angel Cabrera.
"It was really tough," Day said. "The pressure got to me a little bit.
"There have been a lot of ups and a few downs, it is unfortunate that I had a shot at winning the tournament and did not make it.
"There are a lot of positives, I played really nice. If the ball had got over the lip at 17 it might have been a different story, but I am really happy with what has happened for Adam."
Fellow Aussie Marc Leishman failed to get much to drop on the greens as he battled to a level-par 72 to finish four off the pace, but he was delighted with his performance on his second trip to Augusta.
"It is great to know that I can put four rounds together in a major when it matters and so that gives you lots of confidence," he said.