Joining countrymen, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman on this list is the top-ranked Australian player in the world, Jason Day.
Both Day and Scott have reached the dizzying heights of World No.1, with Day sitting atop the World Rankings as recently as February 2017. A major champion already, after his win at the 2015 PGA Championship, Day will be keen to add a Green Jacket to his resume, something he is more than capable of doing.
Outside of his withdrawal in 2012, Day has been extremely consistent around Augusta, with highlight finishes of T2 on debut and a T10 two years ago.
With a win already on the season, Day will come into the event in similar shape to how he did in both 2015 and 2016 (albeit two wins in 2016) and he will be hoping for another run at the title.
To finish T2 on his debut around this course not only highlights how special of a player he was, even back in 2011 before breaking out on a bigger scale in 2015, but just how well suited he is to the course.
Why he can win the 2018 Masters
Day is part of the select group of golfers in the world who can win on any given week, on almost any course he tees it up at, but Augusta especially still looks a good spot for Day.
The Aussie doesn’t just hit long (10th in Driving Distance) he hits it bullet straight as well (33rd in Driving Distance) making him a huge threat off the tee. Add to that an incredible and gritty short game, highlighted by ranking 1st in SG: Putting this season, Day has to be considered a huge threat to all other contenders this year.
He has probably come into the event in better shape in recent years, but with that comes greater expectation and this year it almost feels like he is coming in slightly under the radar, no matter how silly that may sound. With the likes of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas playing superbly and the return to form and fitness for both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, it feels like the spotlight is well and truly away from Day.
This may just suit him, given that every start he’s made since his debut seven years ago, he has been expected to at least be right in the mix come Sunday. He’s never really endured a terrible week here, but he has had a couple of years where he’s left a bit to be desired and he will be looking to put that right this time around.
If there is an area of concern and a slight knock to be made on Day’s play of late, it looks as though he’s struggling slightly with his irons. He currently ranks 95th in Greens in Regulation and 185th in SG: Approach overall this season, which is not what you expect from a player of his calibre.
Should he get dialled in with his approaches, he has every chance of forcing his way into contention, given his superior performance both off the tee and on the greens, and he will be considered firmly amongst the favourites next week.