Monday 18 December 2017

Harrington goes by book

Karl MacGinty

Eyebrows shot up at Augusta National in the run-up to last year's Masters when Padraig Harrington produced a spirit level during a practice round and started measuring the slope of the infamous greens.

Anybody else might have been led away by men in white coats, but the Dubliner is notorious for the intensity of his preparations.

Not this year, though. Harrington has been more laid back this week than ever before at the Majors, playing just 18 holes before yesterday's Par 3 competition. And the spirit level has gone.

"All that work was done last year," he said, producing a well-thumbed stroke-saver in which every putt he has ever made at Augusta has been faithfully recorded. He then produced a folded A4 page crammed with self-drawn diagrams of the slopes on every green.

That little book offered solid evidence of the knowledge Harrington has acquired in 11 visits to Augusta, and he plans to put it go good effect.

Harrington smiled cannily at Phil Mickelson's suggestion that aggression was the key to success here.

"I think Phil would like everyone to try and play his game around here ... it'd be my goal to try and make him play that way."

Irish Independent

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