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David Hearn is taking his clubs into battle with golf’s Goliaths

JOHN INTINI January 17 2005
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David Hearn is taking his clubs into battle with golf’s Goliaths

JOHN INTINI January 17 2005

David Hearn is taking his clubs into battle with golf’s Goliaths

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Even though David Hearn grew up a few blocks from Wayne Gretzky’s childhood home in Brantford, Ont., he never aspired to be the Great One. “I wasn’t a real big kid so I gave up hockey when I was about 11 and dedicated myself to golf,” says Hearn, now 25 and considered by experts to be Canada’s best golfing prospect in years. “I was hitting putts and balls at 3, was on a course by 7 and playing in tournaments when I was 10. I’ll never forget winning my first local tournament.”

Although a thrill, that victory pales in

comparison to earning his 2005 PGA tourcard-which Hearn did last month at qualifying school. And though he expects to make his debut at the Buick Invitational in San Diego, Calif, next week, the thought of teeing off with golf’s Goliaths doesn’t seem to phase the 2002 Canadian tour rookie of the year. “When it comes down to it, the game doesn’t change,” says Hearn, who competed on the Nationwide, Asian and Canadian tours last year. “It’s all about perception-150 yards is 150 yards no matter where you play.”

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“May be the most explosive twenty something in this class.” - Golf week magazine, comparing Hearn to the rest of the 2005 qualifying school.