Thursday was kind to Canadian golfers.
In the first round of The Players Championship it was Brantford, Ontario’s David Hearn who is waving the flag early. The 36 year-old posted a 5 under par, 67, at TPC Sawgrass in the opening round to share the lead with Hideki Matsuyama, Charley Hoffman and Kevin Na.
Hearn has proven he is comfortable at what is one of the biggest events on the PGA TOUR outside of the majors. In 2014 he tied for 6th place.
There are four Canadians in the field this week in Ponte Vedra. Nick Taylor opened at even par, 72. (t-60). Adam Hadwin and Graham DeLaet both turned in 75’s (t-109).
It’s a familiar scene on the Symetra Tour where once again Canadians are contending. Sue Kim and Augusta James have already won on the circuit this year and with a dozen Canadians playing regularly it’s looking like there may be more wins to come.
The Tour is in Greenwood, South Carolina this week and there are six players sharing the lead after round one. Half of them are Canadian.
Sara-Maude Juneau, Jennifer Kirby, and Anne-Catherine Tanguay each shot 68 (-4) and share the lead with two Americans and a Chinese golfer.
The complete Canadian picture after round one:
Paris, Ontario’s Jennifer Kirby shares her thoughts after her round one 68.