David Hearn shot a Sunday 73 to hold on as low Canadian. (Martin/Getty Images)
By David McPherson, Special to PGATOUR.com
OAKVILLE, Ontario -- No matter how old you are, you want to make your parents proud.
David Hearn certainly did that with his T2 finish a couple of weeks back at the John Deere Classic, where he lost in a five-hole playoff. With mom and dad, friends and family tagging along at Glen Abbey this week, Hearn hoped to keep this momentum going and give his hometown fans more to cheer about.
On Friday, he did. Hearn, 34, squeezed in on the cut line thanks to an unbelievable birdie-birdie-birdie finish. The highlight: holing a 47-footer on 18 that secured his Saturday tee time and received roars from the Canadian crowd.
“I said to my caddie, ‘Let’s run the tables here,’ and I did,” he told the media after this phenomenal second-round finish. “Any time you do that it feels good.”
While Hearn did not run the tables on the weekend, he felt good about his play this week. His third-round 68, followed by a 1-over 71 on Sunday, was also just good enough to take home some hardware – the Rivermead Trophy – as the low Canadian.
“I’ve been low Canadian once before, and it’s obviously proud for me to do that here in front of everyone at home,” Hearn said. “It wasn’t the finish I was looking for, but I had a nice chance today.
“I was playing pretty solid and had a chance to finish the round with a little bit of style,” he added. “But I’ll take away some positives this week, and I obviously appreciate the support from everyone … it always feels good to play at home.”
Hearn finished one shot ahead of Weir, who shot even-par on the final day to finish 3 under for the tournament. Sloan, the lone other Canadian who played on the weekend, was one more shot back at 2 under.
The one other positive Hearn takes away from this week is that he moved a step closer to securing his spot to play in the year’s final major.
“I was excited to get back in here and see if I could compete right away again,” Hearn concluded. “My game was close this week. It was just a little bit off. I just didn’t get it done on the greens. I’ll be looking forward to next week and another little rest for me and seeing if I can get playing well again for the PGA.”