Jason Day's long-time coach Colin Swatton says the former World No.1's short game is back to its brilliant best and should be enough to get him in Masters contention once again.
The Queenslander is regarded as one of the world's best at chipping and putting but has struggled this season.
Although he is still in the top-five putters on the PGA Tour, he has ranked a lowly 98th for strokes gained around the greens.
But Swatton has worked his magic on the 31-year-old he has coached since his early teens, with an intense but measured build-up to the Augusta National major.
After daily nine-hole practice rounds at Augusta from Friday through Monday, Swatton likes what he has seen from Day.
"The preparation has been really good. With his short game and touch around the greens, we know he's going to be there come Sunday (final round)," Swatton told AAP at Augusta on Monday.
Day has had several chances to win the Masters, notably on debut in 2011 when he and countryman Adam Scott posted the clubhouse lead late on Sunday.
However, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel birdied the final four holes to steal the green jacket, leaving Day and Scott tied second.
Day also held a one-shot lead over Scott on the 16th hole on Sunday in 2013 but bogeyed that and the 17th – allowing Scott to become the first Australian to win the Masters.
RIGHT: Day with his coach – and former caddie – Swatton at the 2011 Masters. PHOTO: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.
"(Day) could have probably won it twice," added Swatton, an Australian now based in South Carolina.
The close calls at Augusta have left Day with a burning desire to add a green jacket to his major championship trophy cabinet, having won the 2015 US PGA Championship.
The Masters is the major Day craves most but he and Swatton know letting it happen naturally is crucial for the often excitable star.
"Jason has mentioned before that sometimes he wants (the Masters) so much, but he needs to let the golf course come to him," Swatton said.
"You can't overpower Augusta National; some of the best golfers in the world have learned that lesson."
Day agreed with his mentor and former caddie.
"It's hard at the Masters because you obviously want to win so badly, but I know I need to stay patient," Day told AAP.
"Having said that, I'm really happy with the preparation Col and I have put in.
"Saturday and Sunday I was out walking the course, just chipping and putting. Overall, the game is in a pretty good place."
Along with a runner-up and a third (2013), Day owns another top 10 while he has also finished within the top 25 in six of the eight Masters he has played.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press