Harrington wary on road to Masters

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A flashback to last year has kept Padraig Harrington's feet on the ground with Augusta a week away.

A flashback to last year has kept Padraig Harrington's feet on the ground with Augusta a week away.

As he did 12 months ago, the 32-year-old Dubliner went from Jacksonville to Atlanta after finishing runner-up in the Players Championship. But he wants to avoid a repeat of what happened then - he missed cuts in the BellSouth Classic and the Masters.

"I think I made the fateful error of thinking 'I finished second last week, I can only get better'," he said. "I think my expectations were high and I was maybe a little bit overconfident."

Augusta-bound Europeans Paul Lawrie, Phillip Price, Thomas Bjorn and Jose Maria Olazabal are playing this week.

* In Kuala Lumpur, India's Jyoti Randhawa, the Australians Kim Felton and Scott Barr, and Yoshinobu Tsukada, of Japan, booked places in the Open Championship after the Asian leg of international qualifying. The overnight leader, Britain's Simon Yates, a former professional skier, would have a berth had he not missed an eight-foot birdie putt at the final hole.

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