Bookend bogeys can’t mar Hearn's PGA debut
By Stan Awtrey, PGA.com Contributor
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Making a bogey on the first hole isn’t the best way to start a round of golf, let alone a major championship. But that’s the way David Hearn made his PGA Championship debut on Thursday.
Turns out there wasn’t another misstep until the final hole. Hearn, one of two Canadians in the field, shot a 4-under 66 in the first round, leaving him only one shot behind early leader Jim Furyk.
“Between the first and the last, I played some really solid golf,” Hearn said. “Obviously a little disappointed with the finish, but after than bogey on 1, got a birdie right back on No. 2 and that kind of got me back in the direction pretty quickly.”
Hearn made the turn at 2 under and picked up back-to-back birdies at No. 10 and No. 11. He approach at No. 10 was about four feet from the hole, and he smoked a 3-iron to with about 15 feet at No. 11. Hearn made a nice eight-foot putt to save par at No. 12 and picked up another birdie at the 15th when a 9-iron left him a four-foot putt, which he made.
Hearn struck a poor tee shot on No. 18 and had to punch out of the rough. His approach was 12 feet from the hole, but he missed the putt to finish at 4 under.
“Overall, I played pretty solid and drove the ball great most of the day,” he said. “Just the one bad tee shot. But I think even Tiger [Woods] last week, winning by seven, I’m sure he would tell you there’s a shot here or there that he could have done a little better.”
Hearn showed he still had some momentum from the John Deere Classic, where he lost on the fourth extra hole of a playoff to young Jordan Spieth. Hearn also drew from a pro-Canadian crowd that seemed to grow as he worked his way around the course.
“I heard a lot of ‘Go Canada’ out there,” he said.