Hearn was added to the field Tuesday for the Open Championship, replacing Mark Calcavecchia, ESPN.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A very nice 2013 season that included seven top-25s, two top-10s and a runner-up finish. Hearn's performance was a nice surprise and not many had him pegged for a solid season. The good news is, he finished the 2013 season with a lot of momentum, the bad news is, he has little track record to fall back on, which makes him a risky proposition in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues he should go in the 60-70 range.
With only two top-10s on his resume last season, it's quite amazing that David Hearn was able to make more than $1 million. Hearn put together a workman-like effort last season, earning no more than $160K in any week, yet still managing to secure his card for 2013. Hearn has been at this for a while now, and he's never had a break-through year, so his upside appears limited. He's not a good option in salary cap leagues this year and he should go in the 10th round or later in draft leagues.
Hearn had a good start, followed by a sluggish middle part of the season and a strong finish in the fall season. Hearn fared much better in his second-go-round on the PGA TOUR, earning three top-10s last season, something which he failed to do even once in his rookie season of 2005. Though he showed improvement last year, he still struggled in the middle of the season when up against the best that the PGA Tour had to offer, which means he'll likely come in around the same number as last season.
Hearn has spent a lot of time on the Nationwide Tour over the past decade, but until recently, he did not have a lot of success. In fact, his best result in the last five years on the Nationwide Tour was a runner-up finish, which is the primary reason he finished in the top-25 last season. Don't expect a whole lot from Hearn this season.