Harrington braced for tough test

Harrington braced for tough test

Padraig Harrington hit the practice range last night to prepare himself for what he expects to be a far stiffer test at The Masters today.

Gunning for a third successive major, Harrington was in joint 14th place after his opening 69 - one ahead of Tiger Woods, but four behind American Chad Campbell.

The Dubliner came from five back to win The Open at Birkdale last July and from six behind at halfway in the US PGA, so he knows it is still all to play for.

And he also knows a lot more will be demanded of the world's best players than it was yesterday when a tournament record 38 of them broke par.

"That was definitely one of the more generous days ever around Augusta and you've got to feel that it's going to get a little bit tougher as we go on," stated Harrington.

"The greens were reasonably receptive and the pins were generous in terms of good birdie positions.

"When you hear a lot of cheers around it makes you a little bit more anxious to be part of that and there's just a little more urgency to make sure you are making birdies too.

"What gives me confidence is that I have a good idea how to get myself ready for tournaments and it seems to be working.

"It's going to be a long week and the whole idea is to be there with nine holes to go. So far, so good.

"I was expecting maybe tougher conditions going out, but in fairness I think the greens are as quick this year as they have ever been.

"At some stage during the week I would expect to play a golf course that's really difficult because we are playing a major championship.

"You really expect to be tested right to the end of your limits."

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