Hearn Makes A Move; Is Tiger Ready?

For those who tuned in to the PGA Tour broadcast over the weekend, primarily Sunday, they would have witnessed Brantford, Ontario’s David Hearn putting on a much needed charge.  His 65 on Sunday at the Justin Timberlake For Shriners Hospitals For Children Open (yes, the most unwieldy name in golf) earned him a 5-way tie for fifth place.

The $149,160 her picked up in the Fall Series event pushed him to 108th place on the 2011 PGA Tour money list and in good position with just three events on the schedule.  His $678,548 may still not be enough to guarantee him a spot in the coveted top 125 that will be fully exempt on Tour for 2012 but it at least assures him of a good shot at being there with another decent finish added in.  At worst, he will stay within the 126-150 category for non-exempt status in 2012 and a spot at the Q-School finals.

Also making a slight move on the weekend was Stephen Ames of Calgary who hopped up to 131st from 133rd courtesy of  a tie for 23rd- a step in the right direction and a sign that he is in decent form with a few events left to play.

Dodging a bullet was Kingstonian Matt McQuillan.  Despite missing the cut in Las Vegas he dropped just one spot, to 140th, on the money list.  He’ll need to right the ship in the next few weeks if he wants to stay on the PGA Tour in 2012 without having to head back to Q-School.

Ames, Hearn, and McQuillan will all be in the field this week at the FRYS.COM Open where they will be joined in the field by fellow Canadians Chris Baryla and Adam Hadwin.  Hadwin is playing on a Sponsor’s Exemption but almost had a hiccup on his trip to California on Sunday night.  Apparently there was a small issue at the border with his VISA paperwork but to his relief (and to Canadian golf fans) it was eventually resolved and he was on his way south.

All five Canadians will be battling with none other than Tiger Woods, making his 9th appearance of the year on the PGA Tour.  Much was being made on Twitter about a 62 he shot over the weekend at The Medalist, the club in Hobe Sound, Florida where he is now a member.  I’m doubting that he shared the same amount of excitement about the round as was contained in Tim Rosaforte’s (Golf World) tweets announcing it but I’m betting he knows it would mean a lot more if he did it in an actual tour event.

As Allen Iverson said…”we’re talking about practice… ”

It’s a good sign for Woods but it’s still a long way from the real thing.

We’ll find out this week if he can bring the street ball game to centre court.

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