FORMER Rockhampton golfer Jason Day has come within a whisker of claiming a rookie Masters victory after action-packed final round at Augusta National.
The 23-year-old former Capricorn Country Club junior shot to the top of the leaderboard with a record 64-under-par in the second round, but eventually finished a tie for second position.
Day - partnering fellow Aussie Adam Scott - shot a final round 68 to reach 12-under-par and have a strong chance to become the first Masters rookie since 1979 to win the coveted green jacket.
However, Day and Scott - who matched Day's 12-under-par - could only watch on as South Africa's Charl Schwartzel stormed to victory with a 14-under-final score.
Day could hardly have been more impressive in his first appearance in the Masters and he charged home with birdies at the last two holes.
"I couldn't do any more than what I did today. Adam and I played wonderful golf and Charl played even better golf," said Day.
"I've known Adam since I was 15. We've been good mates since then. We had a lot of fun today.
"It was really really good to be in the hunt for the Masters."
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