David Hearn gets off to decent start at British Open

Canada's David Hearn plays his shot from the 1st tee during his first round of the 2014 British...

Canada's David Hearn plays his shot from the 1st tee during his first round of the 2014 British Openat Royal Liverpool Golf Course on July 17, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:05 PM ET

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - It’s official now, David Hearn is a real quick learner. Sharp as a tack. An ‘A’ student.

Hearn went around the 7,312-yard track at Royal Liverpool in two-under-par 70 on Thursday in his first ever crack at the British Open.

Hearn put up three birdies against one bogey and, other than a slightly difficult start, found very little trouble during the opening round of the season’s third major.

Quite an impressive feat for the Brantford, Ont., native who had very little time to prepare for his first foray into links golf and hasn’t made a major this season.

“It was a proud moment playing in my first British Open here today,” Hearn said after coming off the 18th green, having walked the ancient links at Hoylake in northwest England with three-time Open champion Nick Faldo and 2004 winner Todd Hamilton.


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