David Hearn finished up his first Open Championship in style, rolling in a birdie putt on the final hole to finish the week at 3-under.
It was a solid week for the Canadian golfer and one from which he'll take a great deal of confidence.
"I felt like I was real close all week," he said after signing for a 1-under 71. "Obviously I don't think I was close enough to be contending for the championship right now but I felt like even today, if I capitalized on a few more of the putts, that I know I hit good ones but just didn't go in, I could have been right up there in the top 10 and in the mix."
For Hearn, this week was the realization of a dream; an experience he always hoped he'd one day enjoy first-hand rather than from his TV room.
"I've always loved watching this tournament on TV," he said. "It's kind of fun waking up first thing in the morning and just lying on the couch all morning and watching the British Open."
He called this week a soft introduction to the Open as conditions were quite favourable. Other than Saturday, there wasn't much in the way of harsh conditions and even that only lasted for about six holes for Hearn. It was ripe for scoring as the leaders showed.
Hearn's record in majors now is exemplary. He tied for 21st at last year's U.S. Open at Merion, ended up tied for 47th at the PGA last August after flirting with the lead at the start of the week and now has a fine finish in the Open, which will add to his bank account and world ranking.
"I'm definitely getting better and I feel my game is tailored towards major golf," he stated. "I feel like I'm a guy who can make a lot of pars when you need to do that. I enjoy these majors; the atmosphere is unbelievable. It's different than anything on the regular tour and it's a lot of fun."
Hearn will get plenty of atmosphere at his next stop, the Canadian major, the RBC Canadian Open. He will leave Liverpool along with a plane load of golfers and their families headed to Montreal and says despite a long week and a time change, he'll be prepared.
"We get kind of spoiled with the charter back," he said. "I think I'll be well rested by the time Thursday rolls around."
He'll get his first look at Royal Montreal Monday morning when he tees off in a pro-am.