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AUSSIE MASTERS: The Australian Masters typically is played on the sand belt courses of Melbourne, perhaps the finest stretch of golf courses in any city in the world. It gets even better this year by celebrating its 35th anniversary by going to the composite course at Royal Melbourne for the first time.

Royal Melbourne has hosted the Presidents Cup twice, and it formerly had the Heineken Classic, where Ernie Els won.

The Australian Masters most recently has been held at Kingston Heath and Victoria.

IMG is running the tournament, and said it was committed to bring at least three of the top 25 players in the world.

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PADRAIG’S SPECS: Padraig Harrington has been wearing glasses for the last month, and now he’s wearing them on the golf course. The most peculiar part of this look is that the three-time major champion technically doesn’t even need glasses.

“I’ve got 20/20 vision without glasses,” he said. “But I have struggled for a number of years with reading the greens. What I see and what it is are not the same thing.”

Harrington’s eyes are too dry to wear contact lenses, so he’s opted for eye glasses. He was on his fifth pair at Doral, and he’s getting closer to the right frame.

The trouble for Harrington is that he grew up with a slight right-to-left bias with how he reads. After a number of laser surgeries, his bias is now left-to-right.

“I’ll wear them all the time to relax my eyes,” Harrington said. “Your eyes change as you get older, and certainly mine have. This is better to read the greens. Because if you can’t read the greens, it leads to indecision. And indecision leads to bad putting.”

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DIVOTS: The women’s world ranking, which began in 2006, now has added players from the Ladies European Tour Access Series and the China LPGA Tour into its list. The addition will create more opportunities for golfers around the world to qualify for the Olympics in 2016. … James Dodson was won the USGA’s Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for “American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Modern Age of Golf.” Dodson also won the award in 2004 for a book on Hogan. … Brian Gay is the only player to compete in every Tampa Bay Championship since the tournament began in 2000. His best finish is a tie for fourth in 2007.

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STAT OF HE WEEK: Lee Westwood dropped out of the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since October 2009.

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