Former Beaudesert and Kooralbyn junior golfer Jason Day has expressed his relief that his mother’s health is improving and is intensely focused on winning his first US Masters title.
The former world number one, now third in the rankings, will begin his quest for the green jacket just before 2am tomorrow morning.
Day revealed mum Dening's surgery to remove a 3.5cm tumour in her lung last month was successful and she has avoided chemotherapy treatment.
"As everyone knows, my mum, she went through a successful surgery on her left lung and she was told by the doctor, you don't have to do chemo," Day told reporters.
The 29-year-old admitted the emotional stress of his mum's diagnosis had affected his lacklustre results in 2017, during which he lost his 47-week reign as world number one to Dustin Johnson.
"I feel kind of a lot lighter in a sense that my mind is not weighing very much heavily on the situation that my mum was going through.
"So to be able to have that happen and then be able to come here and get my mind off things, is quite nice."
Day has had his share of heartache at Augusta, finishing runner-up in 2011 and letting a two-shot lead with three holes to play slip away in 2013.
Fellow Queenslander Adam Scott went on become the first Australian win the prestigious event.