David Hearn hopes to build off breakthrough PGA year

Canadian David Hearn has earned a full card on the PGA Tour for a fourth consecutive season in...

Canadian David Hearn has earned a full card on the PGA Tour for a fourth consecutive season in 2013-14. (Mark Blinch/Reuters/Files)

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

TORONTO - David Hearn looks at it as a growing pain.

Sure, it was heartbreaking to miss a chance at a career-defining moment last year at the John Deere Classic, but the Brantford golfer figures the way it played out will only make him stronger in 2014 and beyond.

I think it will help me, the 34-year-old said while in Ontario this holiday season to visit family and friends prior to the resumption of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season next month. I learned a lot that week how my body would react to being in that situation, mentally where Im at. I think you just have to learn from all situations.

He certainly got an education in competing in pressure-packed situations last July in Silvis, Ill. There, Hearn notched a key par on the 18th hole to put himself in a playoff with Zach Johnson, one of the bigger names on the tour, and youngster Jordan Speith.


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