HOYLAKE, England -- David Hearn has past his first test of links golf.
The Brantford, Ont., native fired a one-over 73 at Royal Liverpool on Friday to make it into the weekend of his first-ever British Open.
Hearn’s round included four bogeys and three birdies. The round follows up an opening-day two-under 70.
“In the middle of the round I stumbled a little bit,” said Hearn, who bogeyed numbers six, seven, nine and 10 holes before settling down again with six consecutive pars to go along with birdies on the final two holes.
“That was kind of my stretch that I really struggled with here today. I really didn’t do much wrong, it kind of popped up on me,” Hearn said of his bogey binge.
“Apart from that I really felt good. I played great golf for the last eight holes.”
Hearn is one-under for the tournament and 11 strokes back of leader Rory McIlroy.
Hearn’s compatriot, Graham DeLaet, didn’t fare so well.
The Weyburn, Sask., native stumbled to a four-over 76 (two-day total of 147) to sit one stroke outside the cutline (146), set at two-over.
“It’s just so strong and you have to hit the ball so crisp to control the spin and that’s really what I just wasn’t doing on the front nine. Everything is just so difficult out there, even three, four-footers, the ball is oscillating and the wind is moving your body,” DeLaet said of the windy conditions during his morning draw.
It was DeLaet’s second crack at the British Open. Last year he made the cut at Muirfield but then finished ahead of only Sandy Lyle.