British Open newcomer Canadian David Hearn learning on the fly

David Hearn watches his shot from the 4th tee during a practice round at Royal Liverpool Golf...

David Hearn watches his shot from the 4th tee during a practice round at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England, July 16, 2014. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP)

Dave Hilson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - For his sake, David Hearn had better be a quick learner.

The 35-year-old Canadian has to learn links golf on the fly.

Hearn found out only on Tuesday afternoon that he was being added to this year’s British Open field — replacing Mark Calcavecchia — and must traverse the 7,312-yard Royal Liverpool links layout with little preparation.

Luckily, the Brantford, Ont., native has a couple of pretty knowledgeable playing partners with whom to get around the picturesque course that sits on the edge of the Irish Sea in a corner of northwest England known as the Wirral.

Hearn has been grouped with three-time Open winner Sir Nick Faldo and American Todd Hamilton, who won at Troon in 2004, and the trio was setting off at 10:10 a.m., local time on Thursday in their quest to make the cut at a course where giants such as Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen have won before.


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