Sure there’s basically no reference to it in this morning’s Toronto Star — the country’s largest newspaper — but Brantford’s David Hearn had a solid showing in Houston on the PGA Tour yesterday, finishing 6th and making $205,000 for his trouble. That takes his total earnings this year to $294,000 — and four of six cuts.
While bigger newspapers may have ignored this one, the Brantford Expositor didn’t — the paper’s sports reporter, Ed O’Leary, spoke with Hearn after his round:
“I knew there was a lot on the line and it was going to be a challenging day,” Hearn said after shooting a one-under-par 71 while playing in the third last twosome of the day with young PGA superstar Anthony Kim.
“I stayed consistent and steady. I was proud of the way I played.”
For Hearn, who struggled to make his way back to the PGA Tour, it sounds like this was a learning experience:
Hearn, who must have felt the weight of the world on his shoulders for the final two holes, chipped and putted for par on the par-four 17th and then two-putted from 64 feet for par on the par-four 18th.
“I just tried not to get ahead of myself,” Hearn said. “I hit a few lips on the front nine.”
Hearn noted that it was enjoyable playing with Kim.
“He’s a good guy to play with,” said Hearn. “His caddy is a Canadian kid from Moncton, N.B.”
Hearn’s round Saturday included one double bogey, one bogey and nine birdies.
“Yesterday was so much fun,” he said. “All the putts were going in.
“When you get playing well, you realize it’s just you and the golf course and you play as well as you can.
“It was dead calm and the course was in amazing shape.”
Hearn noted that playing in a group with Stricker and Taylor helped.
“Stricker is a really good guy to play with and I know Taylor a little bit,” said Hearn, who played the PGA Tour in 2005 and earned his way back on this year by placing 21st on the Nationwide Tour’s money list last year.
“It was a really comfortable group.”