Padraig Harrington was very happy with his putting after finishing on one-under par on the opening day of the Masters at Augusta. It was only the third time he had broken par in thirteen starts at the prestigious venue.
The triple major winner has missed the cut on his last two appearances at Augusta, but an eagle at the par-five second helped him post a one-under 71 and all the signs were that he has put recent woes with putter well and truly behind him.
"I'm pleased. There are very few players burning it up," he said.
"Conditions are very good out there for scoring in terms of there's no wind, greens are soft. But I think they were aware of that and put in some tough pins today. It looks like I turned a little bit of a corner with the putting. I made a few changes this week, and I was very happy with what I saw out there today.
"I've been playing very nicely besides that and although I didn't play as well today, hopefully over the next few days I'll put the two together."