David Hearn's modest swagger needed at PGA Championship

David Hearn, seen here teeing off at the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont., last month, is one of two...

David Hearn, seen here teeing off at the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont., last month, is one of two Canadians at this week's PGA Championship. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 PM ET

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - It is less than a three-hour drive from David Hearn's hometown of Brantford to the lush fairways of the Oak Hill Country Club here in this tree-line suburb of Rochester.

Obviously he didn't lose his confidence at the border.

When Hearn claims it is "possible for me to win" the 2013 PGA Championship which begins here on Thursday, he is showing the type of modest swagger needed to overcome adversity.

And he certainly had plenty of that last month.

Remember when he suffered a five-playoff-hole gutwrenching loss to teenager Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic in Illinois, a setback that came when he missed a handful of short putts?

Hearn could have sulked. Or whined. Or, worst of all, crumbled.

He has done none of those things.

It's like falling off a horse. Time to get right back on.

Hearn got a break when he was able to enter the field of 156 only after Australia's Brendan Jones was forced to withdraw from the tournament last week.


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