Jason Day reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the third round of the Masters.
Jason Day reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the third round of the Masters. Charlie Riedel

Wife's words of wisdom kept Jason Day on course

JASON Day knew his Masters was done when he trudged off Friday afternoon to his motorhome across the road and slammed the door on everyone.

He'd shot 76 with more bogeys than birdies and another chance at a green jacket was gone.

But a few not too subtle words from his wife Ellie straightened him up for his weekend workload and after a Saturday 69 there's no doubt better will come sooner rather than later for the world number three.

Day arrived at Augusta well down on match practice after a Match Play withdrawal in March when he revealed his mother, Dening, was battling cancer.

His mood was lifted early in Masters week when she got the news no chemotherapy was needed, but Day played like he was short of a gallop through horrific conditions across the opening two rounds.

Just making the cut was a win, given he bogeyed the 18th on Friday to get in on the number, and playing first, with club member Jeff Knox as his marker, was not what the Queenslander wanted.

So he stewed until he was told not to by his wife and six Saturday birdies was the result.

He knows he won't win the Masters, but knows one thing for sure.

"I think that I feel like I actually I can actually play golf again, which is great, when I play like that," Day said.

"The first two days kind of put me out of it and today was a good round to get myself kind of back to good form.

"My wife over there, she was kind of ready to slap me in the face and because I was so negative with myself (after Friday).

"There was a few words in the bus where it got a little loud to myself in the back of the bedroom.

"And she was trying to get me, pick me up and give me a good boost. Which she did. Which was a good thing."

Ellie Day confirmed she told her husband to lose the negativity or else.

"I told him, 'Get it together, Day!'" she said.

"I told him to find something and break it, if he wanted. I didn't care as long as he did it before the kids came back."

But Day finally turned it around with his lowest round of the week that included six birdies, and four in a row on the back nine, indicating the 29-year-old's best is not too far away again.

And he knows who to thank.

"Obviously it's good to have a good wife," he said.