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Day trying to end Aussie curse, win Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It’s called the Aussie duck and second-round leader Jason Day knows what it means, just don’t expect him to get too caught up in it.

In Australia a “duck” is a cricket term for zero. At Augusta National it is a reference to the inexplicable; no Australian has ever won the Masters.

“We were talking about it this morning,” said Day’s caddie/swing coach Col Swatton. “Obviously, Aussies feel a little more pressure, but there always has to be a first time.”

Day made his move to break Australia’s schnied on Friday, carding an eventful 68 that left him alone in the lead at 6 under par, one shot clear of Fred Couples and fellow Australian Marc Leishman.

Many picked Day to be the player to wrest Oz out of its 0-for-76 slump at the year’s first major. He tied for second in his first trip down Magnolia Lane in 2011 and was forced to withdraw last year with an ankle injury.

“It just feels like every shot is the biggest shot of your life,” said Day, who carded four birdies and one bogey on his inward nine. “I always want to peak at this event.”