To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here .
2013 PREVIEW: David Hearn is coming off a career year in FedExCup points and earnings, as well as top-25 finishes. Building on that momentum and contending for his first TOUR title will be key for the Canadian in the new year.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Hearn, who grew a Playoffs beard with fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet, prospered during the four FedExCup events. He tied for 10th at The Barclays to move from No. 108 to 67th, then reached the third leg of the Playoffs for the first time when he tied for 26th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I got to interview David after a 10th-place finish at The Barclays. Some players are nonchalant about a good tournament … but not David. He was all smiles after qualifying for Deutsche Bank and went on to play at the BMW Championship as well. You have to admire a person who is able to enjoy his success. Hearn is a very good wedge player and scrambler. He's seventh on TOUR in getting up and down from 30 yards or less.-- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Unlike his long-hitting fellow countryman, Graham DeLaet, this Canadian gets the job done with accuracy, deft touch and strong putting. Hearn survived 19 cuts in each season since returning to the PGA TOUR in 2011. Among those paydays were 14 top 25s, the majority of which on tracks that match up well with his skill set. At 33 years of age, he's in his prime and continues to bloom. You'll find more dynamic value in salary games, but he'll serve as a suitable investment for any rotisserie owner. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
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2012 QUICK REVIEW
Regular Season ranking
Final Playoffs ranking
|Best finishes||T10||Sony Open, The Barclays|
|By the Numbers
Cuts made: 19
Rounds played: 95
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 97th
Driving distance: 124th
Driving accuracy: 72nd
Greens in regulation: 63rd
Strokes gained-putting: 43rd
Scoring average: 49th
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By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM staff
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Canadian native David Hearn played on the Canadian Tour from 2002-04. In his final year, he finished No. 5 on the Order of Merit.
"The PGA TOUR getting involved with the Canadian Tour is obviously going to be a great thing for the Canadian Tour,” Hearn said. “The PGA TOUR has done a great job with the Web.com Tour and everything that they've really touched -- Champions Tour, the FedExCup. They're doing a lot of really good things. So for them to get involved with the Canadian Tour is really going to help elevate the level of that tour to where it should be.
“It should be a very good developmental tour. It has been for years. It's struggled a little bit in the past couple of years, I know that. But the PGA TOUR coming in, I really hope that it helps push them over the edge and makes them a top developmental tour again."
In 2008, the former Masters champ had filmed a PGA TOUR commercial with Wayne Gretzky where the man they call "The Great One" suggested Weir grow a "playoff beard" like hockey players do during the road to the Stanley Cup.
In a case of life imitating art, so to speak, Weir did -- although by the time his wife and children arrived for the Deutsche Bank Championship the beard was gone. Weir went on to finish sixth in the FedExCup that year, posting top-10 finishes in three of the four Playoffs events.
Earlier this week, DeLaet and Hearn tweeted about resurrecting the playoff beards.
Time to get these Playoffs going! Bethpage is awesome! Got the beard ripping, didn't cheat and start 2 weeks ago like @HearnDavid though. @GrahamDeLaet
@GrahamDeLaet had to start early so people could see it!! Haha. Go get em today and lets grow those playoff beards long! #FedExCup #playoffs @HearnDavid
Hearn started The Barclays ranked 108th while DeLaet was two spots higher. Both made the cut on Friday but remain below the top 100 eligible for the Deutsche Bank Championship so they need to play hard this weekend.
David Hearn is the low Canadian at the RBC Canadian Open at the moment -- he’s even through his first three holes in the third round and 4 under for the tournament, seven shots off the lead.
After missing the cut in his first four RBC Canadian Opens (2002-05), Hearn, a native of Brantford, Ontario, who played collegiately at the University of Wyoming, has played on the weekend in five of his last six RBC Canadian Opens, with his tie for 20th in 2006 his top finish.
In addition to David Hearn, there were 22 Canadians in this week’s field. Five made the cut: Hearn, Albin Choi, Matt McQuillan, Graham DeLaet and Matt Hill.
The last Canadian to win this tournament was Pat Fletcher who carded a 280 in 1954 at Point Grey.
Here's who is appearing in the media center at Hamilton Golf and C.C. this week. All interviews will be streamed live on PGATOUR.COM.
Wednesday, July 25
Ernie Els, 2 p.m. ET
Hunter Mahan, 3 p.m. ET
Jim Furyk, after pro-am
Sean O'Hair, after pro-am
Mike Weir, after pro-am
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
HONOLULU -- When David Hearn checked his messages following Thursday's first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, he started seeing some good-natured ribbing.
"I got a few texts from some guys saying you're not the top Canadian, that I needed to work harder," Hearn said.
But Hearn, having entered the day three shots off DeLaet's pace, produced another 66 in Friday morning's second round. That made him the clubhouse leader at 8 under about an hour before DeLaet teed off to start his round.
"Canadians, like the Australians and all the other countries in the world, we kind of pull for each other," Hearn said after his second round. "So it was good to see him do well yesterday."
Unlike DeLaet, only now returning to form after back surgery a year ago, Hearn's play through the first two rounds here is a continuation of how he performed in the Fall Series last season, when he posted back-tob-back top 10 finishes and made the cut in all four events.
He was playing so well at the end of 2011 that frankly, he wouldn't have minded had the season continued.
"I feel like I played pretty steady most of the year last year, and I just wasn't quite getting the results, getting those top 10s and those finishes," Hearn said. "You know, I don't know what it was that clicked, but something obviously did."
What's clicking for Hearn thus far is his accuracy -- he's hit 68 percent of his fairways and 75 percent of his greens in the first 36 holes.
"There's a lot of doglegs out there and I've always been pretty good off the tee," Hearn said. "Any golf course that you have to put the ball in play I tend to do well at."
By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- David Hearn didn’t dally as he played solo at Harbour Town on Saturday. Because of the odd number of players who made the cut, Hearn was the first one off the tee at 8:25. Less than three hours later he was finished, nearly three holes ahead of the next group.
Hearn wound up with a 2-under 69, but it wasn’t easy. He had three birdies on the front nine and turned in 33, then bogeyed three of the first five holes on the back nine. Hearn recovered to make birdie at No. 15 and 16 and made par on the final two holes, getting up and down from off the green at No. 17 and nearly making a 39-foot birdie putt at No. 18.
Hearn, exempt this year through his success on the Nationwide Tour, is now 2-under for the tournament and unlikely to be the first man off the tee on Sunday morning.