Notebook: Harrington has advice for travelers: Get yourself to the gym

Padraig Harrington
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If you can't sleep on a trip, says Padraig Harrington, make sure you keep working.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 10:48 a.m.

MARANA, Ariz. -- For those who have never had to cross oceans and multiple time zones, Padraig Harrington has some advice.

Make sure you keep working. You'll catch up on sleep soon enough.

"It's harder when you go home and you don't have a time schedule to stick to," he said. "One night's sleep deprivation has no effect on performance whatsoever. Two nights is extremely detrimental. So I know no matter how bad I sleep or how bad I feel, I can get through a round of golf. If it's really bad, it just means you have to maybe curtail practice and catch up on your sleep."

Go to the gym.

"That's probably one of the keys," he said. "We'll all wake ourselves up by going to the gym."

He also mentioned stayed properly hydrated and eating proper foods. But it's greatest piece of advice? Leave the television off.

"If you wake up in the middle of the night, you're wide awake, do not put on the television," Harrington said. "That's the golden rule. Just lie there. Look at the four walls. But the minute you put on the television, that's it. You ain't ever getting back to sleep."

THE ALTERNATE: It took Bernd Wiesberger some 18 hours to travel from his home in Austria to the high desert of Dove Mountain, a journey that might have felt a lot shorter if only his wedge would have stayed on the 18th green at Dubai.

Wiesberger, a two-time winner on the European Tour last year, was in the middle of the pack at the Dubai Desert Classic when his wedge to the par-5 18th spun off the green and into the water -- twice. Instead of par, he made a 9. Instead of getting some world ranking points, he got none. And that kept him from being ranked ahead of Shane Lowry and Fredrik Jacobson when the field was set for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Instead, he was the first alternate.

"Vienna to Washington was nine-and-a-half hours," Wiesberger said Monday night on the range at Dove Mountain. "Three-hour layover, and five hours to here. It was a chance worth taking. Otherwise, I'd be covered in snow."

He still lives in Austria, a central base for travel, and the weather is not an issue because he's on the road so much. He came out to California in December and played in San Diego and Palm Springs just to stay sharp.

If anyone withdraws, Wiesberger will take that spot in the bracket. There doesn't appear to be any candidates to drop out.

"Even in the worst case, it's not a terrible thing to do," Wiesberger said of his long trip. "It's a beautiful place. Hopefully, I'll get in and play well. Otherwise, I'll go back to Europe. I'm hitting it well right now. If I can get in, you never know."

The stakes are high. This would be his only chance to get into Doral and keep alive his hopes of cracking the top 50 to get into the Masters.

DIVOTS: The San Francisco Chronicle reports that CordeValle Golf Club is in line to get the 2016 U.S. Women's Open. It would be the first U.S. Women's Open in California since 1982. CordeValle has hosted the Frys.com Open on the PGA Tour the last three years. ... Andrew Coltart, a two-time winner on the European Tour who played in the `99 Ryder Cup at Brookline, has been selected as Europe's coach for the Palmer Cup the next two years. The Palmer Cup is matches between American and European college players. ... Sony Open winner Russell Henley began his rookie season with nine of 10 rounds in the 60s. He has failed to break par his last four rounds. ... Jeff Maggert (1999) and Darren Clarke (2000) are the only players to beat the No. 1 seed on their way to winning the Match Play Championship. ... Dave Thomas, a four-time Ryder Cup player and renowned course designer, has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour.

STAT OF THE WEEK: The top four players from the FedExCup standings on the PGA Tour are not at the Match Play Championship.

FINAL WORD: "Stay confident, trust what it is you've been working hard to do, and never, ever, ever tell yourself you're in bad form." -- Ian Poulter, on the key to overcoming a bad stretch of golf in match play.