Coming off a third-place showing at last weeks Barefoot Classic, the 22-year-old Hearn carded a 2-under 69 and finds himself at 4-under 138 after 36 holes, tied for top spot with South Africas Michael Kirk. Kirk, who had his own third-place result two weeks ago at the Michelin Ixtapa Classic, recorded a 68 Friday. Dan Chartrand (Victoria, BC) and Australias Scott Hend are just one stroke off the pace.
Hearn, who was 20th on the Canadian Tours Order of Merit entering play this week, has been riding a wave of confidence in recent weeks, something he says can be attributed in part to the players he has been teamed with. Hearn was paired with Kirk Friday and the duo combined to shoot 5-under. Iain Steel of Malaysia, the third member of the trio, also recorded a 2-under 69.
Michael and I both made some putts on the back, and we seemed to be feeding off each other, reasoned Hearn. When the wind died down, we just decided to take advantage of it. I am happy with the way things are coming along for me, I seem to be getting more and more consistent each day.
For the second time in as many days, swirling winds added another dimension to the challenging 7,257-yard Pete Dye course at Barefoot Resort, sending scores skyrocketing. Players on the afternoon side of the draw caught a break when the winds subsided later in the day. During Thursdays opening round, those same players had light winds for their opening rounds before the gusts picked up in the afternoon.
We definitely got the better side of draw, conceded Kirk, who drained a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-4 11th that got him to 1'under for the day. But no matter how the conditions are, you have to play sensible here, and I was able to do that today. If you cant manage your game here, youll pay for it.
A total of 66 players shot 4-over par or better to make the cut. Just 12 of the 154 players in the starting field were under par after the first two days.
Through the first six official events of this season, the average leading score after 36 holes was 10.5 under, and the average cutline 1-under.