JASON Day is the lone Aussie in contention during the first round of The Masters, but at least he’s making it worthwhile for those who woke up early this morning.

The Queenslander is one off leader Jordan Spieth’s score of 6-under par (66) and (at the time of writing) walked off the par-5 13th with a birdie to get back to 5-under.

Day, 28, flies the flag on the leaderboard after disappointing Thursday rounds from Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (2-over par 74), Adam Scott (4-over par 76) and a forgettable 79 from Steven Bowditch.

Defending champion Spieth brushed aside recent poor form to open with a bogey-free 66. His six birdies in significant wind has been enough to sit atop the early leaderboards at Augusta, though Day is one off with five holes to play – namely the par-5 15th.

After Day and Spieth, The Masters leaderboard has significant European flavour with Shane Lowry, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Danny Lee (NZ), Billy Herschel, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy in the mix . See scores by clicking here.

Below are the highlights, courtesy of The Masters Tournament: