Up-and-down day okay with Hearn

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

ANCASTER -- Standing on the 10th tee, David Hearn was within reach of his goal.

On a day when the winds were blowing the scores skyward, Hearn, of Brantford, had just finished blistering the front nine with a four-under 31 to move to seven under in the tournament.

But a back nine that featured three consecutive bogeys against one birdie sabotaged his hopes for a top-10 finish at the Open.

TIED FOR 20TH

Hearn, 27, settled for bragging rights of being the top Canadian -- a feat that Dan Halldorson once joked as being akin to "the world's tallest midget" -- by firing a final round 68 to finish at 275, five-under par and tied for 20th.

"I definitely wanted to try and get in that top 10 to play next week (Lumber Classic)," he said. "But overall, I'm pretty proud of the way I played. This is my best finish, so I'll have to be content with that."

Walking up 18, Hearn was greeted by enthusiastic applause and cheers from the fans who ring the green.

"That felt amazing coming up 18," he said. "I went to the Canadian Open for probably about 10 years as a kid growing up, so it felt great coming up there and knowing I had a good day under my belt. The fans and everyone was really, really great to me this week."

Hearn now returns to the Nationwide Tour where he is currently 48th on the money list. The top 20 money winners are awarded PGA Tour cards for 2007.

Richard Scott of Kingsville, the Canadian amateur champion, posted a final round 75 and finished the tournament at three-over 283. He emerged as the low amateur as Cambridge's Victor Ciesielski, who had gained folk hero status by his play in the opening three rounds, crashed back to earth with a seven-over 77 to finish four over.

Afterwards, he was crushed.

"I played so well this entire week and it's just really hard to finish like this," said the 21-year-old University of Waterloo student. "I'm really hard on myself and this is something that's going to stick with me for a while."

Veteran Ian Leggatt of Cambridge also tumbled backwards with a two-over 72 and finished at even par 280.


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