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January 13 2012

11:27 PM

Hearn’s also playing well, eh!

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.

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Indeed, it was fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet who set the pace -- not only for his country, but the entire field at Waialae -- by grabbing the first-round lead with a 7-under 63.

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."

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