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Harrington in harmony with the golfing press

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Greetings from the Masters where spring has finally arrived at Augusta National.

After three days of chilly, windy weather in the run-up, Round One has begun in lovely conditions — the perfect way to enjoy the immaculate layout.

Last night, the Golf Writers Association had their annual awards dinner honoring as Players of the Year Padraig Harrington and Lorena Ochoa, double heart transplant recipient Eric Compton as the Ben Hogan Comeback Player award and Jack Nicklaus for his charity work.

All were one hand except Ochoa.

Harrington was impressive in empathetic comments to the plight of the economically-troubled newspaper business that has led to the absence of many familiar faces in the Masters media throng.

The mystery of the Masters

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Eisenhower Tree, Amen Corner, Magnolia Lane.

Ever been bemused by the names of holes and landmarks at Augusta? Well check out this handy guide at www.golfblogger.com.

PHOTO: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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