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HILTON HEAD, South Carolina - Australian Jason Day is among the players seeking to bounce back from disappointment at the Masters by playing at the $5.8 million US PGA Tour Heritage tournament starting Thursday.
Day, fellow Australian Marc Leishman and American Brandt Snedeker were all in contention in the final round of the year's first major, but fell short.
Day, who admitted the pressure at Augusta National "got to me a little bit," surrendered a last-round lead with back-to-back bogeys and failed to make a playoff in which Aussie Adam Scott triumphed over Argentina's Angel Cabrera.
Day said he was glad to have a new challenge to focus on.
"It's nice to be here and have sunshine and just kind of relax," he said. "I've got to move on to the next one and try and win this one."
Leishman finished tied for fourth with Tiger Woods at Augusta while Snedeker shared sixth place. It's not the first time Day has arrived at Hilton Head's Harbour Town Golf Links after a Masters letdown.
In 2011, he shared second place at Augusta National and finished tied for ninth at Harbour Town - when Snedeker won in a playoff.
Snedeker admitted he had trouble sleeping on Sunday, after his putting let him down on the rain-soaked greens at Augusta.
"Any time you have a chance to win a major championship and you don't do it, especially the Masters ... a tournament I'd give my whole career to win, it's tough," Snedeker said.
But being at Hilton Head "definitely gets it out of my mind. I did a lot of great stuff last week, but I need to get my head around what I need to do to play well."
Last year the Heritage was won by Sweden's Carl Pettersson, who fired a two-under par 69 in the final round for a five-stroke victory.
Pettersson will defend his title, part of a field that includes major winners Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and Martin Kaymer.
Ten of the top 25 players in the world rankings are entered, including England's Luke Donald.
Donald managed just a share of 37th place last year to see his world No. 1 ranking go to Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. - AFP
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