Day positive ahead of Masters final round


World number one Jason Day was upbeat about his Masters chances as he was kept in the hunt on Saturday.

The Australian fired a one-under 71 at Augusta to improve to even par, just three shots off leader Jordan Spieth after the American's poor finish.

Day holed four birdies and three bogeys during his third round and he remains an outside chance of winning a second major.

"I do feel good about how everything went today," he said.

"It would have been nice to leave it in the red numbers but I can't be too picky with conditions that we had out there today.

"I'm just trying to get anywhere closer to the lead and right now we'll see how it goes.

"I'm very pleased with how it went over the last three days, just trying to be as patient as possible and I think it obviously depends on where the leaders are determines on what I'm going to do tomorrow with regards to strategy and trying to press forward from there."

Day was surprisingly out-scored by his playing partner, 58-year-old Bernhard Langer, who carded a 70 to be tied for third.

The 28-year-old was full of praise for the veteran German, a two-time Masters winner.

"I mean it was impressive to see what he's done. Especially today, the positions that he was in compared to where my drives were, I mean very, very resilient, patient and stuck to his strategy," Day said.

"[He] played tremendous golf, he's a true professional and it's amazing to see how gritty and a competitor he is at 58.

"It looks like he wants it as much now compared to 40 years ago. Just a tremendous player."