Cameron Smith, Adam Scott and Jason Day are facing an early alarm on Masters eve as they look to cheer on the Queensland State of Origin team to a series victory.
The trio of Queenslanders have pledged their support to Wayne Bennett and his men and will look to be front and centre in front of their streaming devices for the 4am Wednesday kickoff time in Augusta ahead of their Masters tilt starting the following day.
"It didn't look great early in Game I but one thing was never in doubt, the Queensland spirit always shines through and the boys put in an inspirational second half to get the win. You can't help but be inspired by the mentality," Smith said on the eve of Game II from Augusta National.
"I've grown up watching Queensland teams do it and it's something I try to use myself in tough times. Never give up and good things can happen."
"I've grown up watching Queensland teams do it and it's something I try to use myself in tough times. Never give up and good things can happen." – Cameron Smith
Smith won the PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year despite a bogey-triple bogey start.
Adam Scott confirmed he too would be keeping a keen eye on the game.
"The spirit in the team has never been in question and that is something that can always inspire not just us as fellow Queenslander's but all Australians," Scott said.
"I wish them well in the game but I know regardless of the result they always do their supporters proud. It's an ideal for all to strive to in professional sports."
Day says he's always related to the underdog theme the Maroons have taken on since the Origin concept began in 1980.
"I grew up without much but felt if I outworked the others and never gave up I could be successful no matter if I was using 20-year-old clubs against the newest equipment. Queensland Origin teams have always embraced being underdogs," Day said.
"And it was the same last week. Someone said they were the worst in 40 years or something. Where's that person now? Champion teams always overcome complacency. And Queenslanders are never complacent."
- Ben Everill, Australian Associated Press