Hearn hanging on by a thread

David Hearn is just happy to be part of his first FedExCup, despite where he is ranked on the money...

David Hearn is just happy to be part of his first FedExCup, despite where he is ranked on the money list. (QMI Agency/Richard Lam)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:40 PM ET

David Hearn has his work cut out for him.

With the top tour's invented "playoffs" -- the FedExCup -- in full swing, the Brantford, Ont., native is Canada's only hope and he's hanging on by a thread going into The Barclays.

With only the top 100 advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston next week, Hearn, currently sitting at 117, needs a good week outside of New York City in Edison, N.J.

While moving on in the FedExCup may be something to focus on this week, the longer view is that Hearn could use a good performance to lessen the pressure of playing in the Fall Series.

"I think it's one (and) the same," Hearn said Wednesday while waiting for a train back into the city. "If I do well in these (FedExCup) tournaments, I'm going to make money and at the same time, it improves my FedExCup points to advance to the next round."

The FedExCup events have bigger purses -- $8 million for each of the four playoff events -- than the fall series events, which average $4.525 million over four events.

Hearn currently sits at 130th on the money list with $513,068, outside of the top 125 who maintain full playing privileges. He probably will need somewhere around $750,000 (last year the 125th player, Troy Matteson, earned $723,328) to finish the season in the top 125 and a good week would go a long way toward that.

All the numbers don't really concern Hearn at the moment. He's just happy to be part of his first FedExCup.

"I've been preparing and looking forward to this playoff series for a long time," he said. "I think it's kind of an exciting format and hopefully I'll get a chance to make a nice run at it."

Hearn's best finish this season, a tie for sixth at the Shell Houston Open in April, earned him $205,025. Last year at The Barclays, when the purse was $7.5 million, a top-10 finish was worth more than $200,000.

"I definitely need to be in the top-25 or top-10 to have a good run at making the next round and that just requires me going out and playing well and seeing where the cards fall," he said.

"I have a good feeling about the way my game is."

Belly flap

Love it or hate it, the belly putter looks like it's here to stay.

The past three winners on the PGA Tour -- Webb Simpson at the Wyndham Championship last week, Keegan Bradley at the PGA (the first major for a belly-putter) and Adam Scott at the WGC Bridgestone -- all use the awkward-looking putter.

Some, however, debate whether the putter -- for years used by older guys who had lost their ability to putt -- is even fair.

"I would be of the belief that the rule of golf says you can't attach the putter to your body," Padraig Harrington said in his news conference Tuesday ahead of The Barclays. "That's what the rules say. So is it attached or is it not, is the next it question."

Simpson began using it as a joke, seeing one in a pro shop when he was in college and making fun of it, before he tried it and immediately sank a long bomb. He won his first collegiate event with it two weeks later.

He thinks talk of banning it is ludicrous.

"I think it's pretty crazy, because if it was so easy, why isn't everybody using it?"

The Donald

He may have better hair, but Luke is definitely The Donald of golf, holding the trump card on both the European and PGA Tour money lists at the moment.

Leading the PGA Tour money list, with $4,517,748, and the European Tour's Race to Dubai with $5,4640,30.79 US (both tours count majors and WGC events), Donald would be the first to win both titles. But he says it isn't his focus.

"I'm more concerned with winning The Race to Dubai and the FedExCup," Donald said Tuesday. "Winning trophies rather than the title of being leading money winner is much more important to me."


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