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 I’m 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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