David Hearn turned 35 on Tuesday, hardly an age when he’d be falling apart physically, but one at which he has learned from experience, including the importance of taking time off, which he’s doing now before getting into the meat of the PGA Tour season.
After last playing the FedEx St. Jude Classic in early June, the plan right now is for Hearn to return to the tour for the Greenbrier Classic the first week of July, followed the next week by the John Deere Classic, where he lost in a playoff last year.
After that, he’ll play the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal July 24-27.
Those are the solid events, but it stands to reason that he’d like to play his way into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the British Open and the PGA Championship, which he hasn’t done yet, before the FedEx Cup playoffs finish off the season.
“I’ve got a few balls in the air with those majors and World Golf Championships, but I’ll be able to adjust my schedule a little bit if I start to get into some of those bigger events,” said Hearn.
“That’s why I’m kind of taking a little bit of time off the next couple of weeks to kind of be ready for the big events that are coming up,” he added.
“I just need to make sure I keep playing well to get into some of those events. After the PGA Championship, I’ll be looking forward to the FedEx Cup playoffs, so I think a good break right now is going to really help me going forward into a lot of those big events coming up,” he said.
It isn’t a longshot that Hearn will get into those big events. So far, he’s compiled three top-10 finishes this season, the most recent an impressive tie for sixth at last month’s Players Championship.
Still gunning for his first win on tour, one of Hearn’s stated goals this year is to make it all the way through to the Tour Championship and he’s on course to at least start that mission since he’s 64th on the FedEx Cup standings.
He’s also ranked 90th in the world, so he’s in a position to strategically take some time off.
“When I was a little younger and on tour, you feel like you can just play all the time,” he said, adding that quantity of tournaments played may affect quality of play.
“I think I’ve gotten a lot better at setting my schedule out, giving myself some breaks when I need them, so that when I do play, I feel like I’m ready to compete each and every week that I do tee it up,” he said.
“I’ve been on tour enough years now that I’ve gotten more patient with my golf and I know that there’s so many more opportunities in front of me, especially with the majors and the RBC Canadian Open coming up and the FedEx Cup playoffs coming up,” said Hearn.
“I’ve definitely got a lot of big events to look forward to this summer and I’m definitely in a position now in my career where I know I can get into those events and compete more,” he added.
Naturally, one event that won’t fall off the schedule is the Canadian Open, which will be played on a golf course that Hearn has never played.
“I’ve heard so many good things over the years from other players that have been there. I’ve talked to Mike Weir about his experience there and the Presidents Cup and Canadian Open,” said Hearn.
“”It’s the kind of course, from my understanding, that keeping the ball in play off the tee is going to be at a premium and that’s something that my game is well-suited for. Everything I’ve heard about the course is outstanding,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be a real treat to play one of North America’s oldest courses,” said Hearn.