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Jason Day dreaming of a thrilling Masters battle with the world's greatest

By Phil Casey

World No.1 Jason Day is relishing the prospect of a star-studded battle for the Masters, even if it costs him a third tournament win in succession and a second Major title.

Day arrived at Augusta on the back of victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Match Play and looking to become the third player after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to claim a green jacket after winning their previous two events.

Day, who has been grouped with Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els, has been installed as a slight favourite to win a second successive Major following his victory in last year's US PGA, but he is aware that Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel have all won in 2016, while Rory McIlroy is out to become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam.

"I want the best playing the best," the 28-year-old Australian said. "If I end up not wearing the green jacket but have a fantastic match against the best in the world, that's what I'm there for.

"I would enjoy a Spieth-McIlroy-Fowler-Scott-Watson-Mickelson Sunday. That would be fun."

Day revealed last week that he had briefly considered quitting golf before finishing second on his Masters debut in 2011 and believes he needs to recapture his early approach to the event.

"This has been a tournament that I've tried too hard and shot myself out of it," added Day, who was also third in 2013 but 20th and 28th in the last two years. "I've got to relax, understand I have a process to compete and to stick to it. Don't do anything more or anything less, and from there try and go and execute it."

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