AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After being sidelined for the past six weeks Jason Day declared his injured left thumb pain-free on Monday.
"Everything has progressed nicely," said Day, who received a cortisone injection a week ago and is playing competitively for the first time since winning the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Day will have his hand taped when he tees off Thursday at the Masters but added that it is a precautionary measure.
He has also been taking anti-inflammatory medicine and has been practicing at Augusta National since last Wednesday, which included a round over the weekend with fellow Australian Oliver Goss.
Despite the injury, which Day suffered en route to his win in Arizona, the world No. 4 remains one of the favorites at the Masters. He led late on Sunday a year ago before bogeys on 16 and 17 dropped him to an eventual third-place finish. Two years earlier, he tied for second in his first trip to Augusta National.
As for the long layoff, Day isn't concerned.
"I just need to tighten up a few things, just kind of get a little sharper with my tee shots," he said. "And then I know that this week, you really need your short game, so I've just been shelling a lot of chip shots and bunker shots and doing a lot of putting and speed putting, because there is where ‑‑ the short game is where you win tournaments, especially this tournament, you need that."
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