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.