Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/13/13
Ben Hogan famously would tune up for the Masters by spending a few weeks at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. Presumably, Malaysia and Thailand weren't an option. Things certainly have changed since Hogan set the standard, though one thing remains the same. Come this time of year, all thoughts turn to Augusta National and the quest for a green jacket. Padraig Harrington doesn't pretend to hide the anticipation he feels for the season's first major championship, even if it might look like he's not taking it seriously. On the contrary, playing next week in Malaysia, then going to Thailand, then journeying onward to play the Valero Texas Open is in keeping with a practice that he has employed for years. Harrington thinks it's best for him to play two or three weeks in a row into a major. Now, appearance money helps, sure, but clearly the chaps these days aren't shying away from extensive travel in the weeks before Augusta. Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel and Matteo Manassero als...
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