After using Twitter to find a partner for this weeks duo event on the PGA Tour, David Hearn and Irishman partner Seamus Power have made the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. They sit tied for 21st with a score of -7 going into the third round.
One unique aspect of making the cut this week is that each pair gets to choose a walkup song to be played at the first tee when the pair is teeing off in each of the last two rounds.
Hearn and Power choose the Dropkick Murphy’s rock song Shipping up to Boston as their walk-up song for the final two rounds.
This song choice was both surprising and unsurprising, as Power is from Ireland and this is one of the most well-known songs, from the genre Irish rock. However, Hearn the Brantford native is known as a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs recently got eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins after being down 3-1 in the series. Although, the Leafs forced a seventh game in Boston on Wednesday in which they “shipped it back to Boston” but unfortunately Hearn’s Leafs lost 7-4. The Bruins now face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semi final starting today, April 28th.
Fellow Canadians, Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes paid tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash by using Tom Cochrane’s special version of the song Big League.
Strong week for David Hearn despite struggling on the back nine on Sunday. Tied for 16th finish will move him up to 155th in FedEx Cup standings and greatly improve his quest to regain his full playing privileges next season.
David Hearn-T16 (70,68,73,70)
Corey Conners- T26 (70,74,70,70)
Ben Silverman- T45 (71,73,73,70)
Nick Taylor- Missed Cut
Mackenzie Hughes- Missed Cut
LPGA Tour- Hugel JTBC LA Open
Brooke Henderson struggled on the greens and was feeling a little under the weather leading to a missed the cut. This came on the heels of winning last week at the Lotte Championship.
Anne- Catherine Tanguay- 70th- (76,67,74,78)
Alena Sharp- Missed Cut (74,73)
Brooke Henderson- Missed Cut (70,79)
Maude- Aimee Leblanc-Missed Cut (75,75)
European Tour- Trophee Hassan II Golf Trophy
Austin Connelly entered the day two shots off the lead but struggled today and shot a 4 over- 75 to put him T13. This is Connelly’s best finish in 2018 on the European Tour and moves him up to 141st in the Race to Dubai Rankings.
Austin Connelly- T13 (69,71,71,75)
Web.Com Tour- North Mississippi Classic
Rain forced the event to get canceled on Sunday afternoon. This was unfortunate for Roger Sloan who was -4 through 11 holes and charging up the leaderboard but had to revert back to his Tied for 33rd placing after 54 holes.
Drew Nesbitt started the day one off the lead but struggled with a triple bogey on the tenth hole and he could not regain momentum, leading to a final round 75. Weather shortened this event to just 54 holes.
Drew Nesbitt- T36 (69, 66,75)
Jared Du Toit- T47 (72,68,72)
Derek Gillespie- T47 (68,70,74)
Russell Budd- Missed Cut (69,73)
Ally Tidcombe- Missed Cut (74,69)
Sunshine Tour- Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open
The lone Canadian on the Sunshine Tour, Steven Lecuyer missed the cut. He will compete again next week at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open.
Steven Lecuyer- Missed Cut (78,72)
China Tour- Colourful Yunnan Classic
Beon Yeong Lee held a share of the lead heading into the final round but shot a final round 76, to drop back into a tie for fifth place.
Beon Yeong Lee- T5 (69,67,73,76)
Justin Shin- T47 (70,79,78,72)
Asian Tour- Panasonic Open Golf Championship
Richard T. Lee and Austin Connelly will both be competing next week in the tri-sanctioned, Volvo China Open. This event is sanctioned by the European Tour, China Tour, and Asian Tour, and is a highly anticipated event being played at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, China!
Going into tomorrow Nesbitt believes he may have a slight advantage over those who have to finish their second round, but also believes he has to keep focused andplaying his game.” Tomorrow I have to do what I have been doing, golf is golf,” Nesbitt said.
Nesbitt furthered this when asked what part of his game will be the most important to close out the tournament tomorrow. “It comes down to controlling the emotions and making the putts at the right time,” he said.
Nesbitt has conditional status on the PGA Latinoamerica tour but hopes with strong performances he can gain better status in the reshuffle. He plans to continue to play on the Latinoamerica Tour until it goes on break in June.
After that, Nesbitt plans to try and Monday qualify for Mackenzie Tour events as he did not go to one of the qualifying events. Nesbitt then plans to continue to play on the Latinoamerica tour when it picks back up play in August.
Nesbitt’s tee time is not yet set for tomorrows third and final round, but will most likely be around noon after everyone else finishes up their second round.
It will be a damp start to the morning tomorrow, as it is supposed to rain throughout the night. However, it does looks clear for the tournament to finish up tomorrow.
Austin Connelly is two shots behind leader Alvaro Quiros going to the final round in Morocco at the Trophee Hassan II.
Connelly started the week with a 69 before firing back to back 71’s, putting him tied for sixth going into the final round at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
His best finish this season on the European Tour came in February in Malaysia at the Maybank Championship, where he finished tied for 62nd.
Connelly is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He was raised in Irving Texas but spent summers in Nova Scotia where his grandparents live. Connelly’s dad was born in Toronto.
Throughout his amateur career, Connelly flipped back in forth between representing the United States and Canada, maintaining the idea that he would represent whatever country furthered his game the most.
In last years Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Connelly finished tied for 14th, with a pair of rounds in the 60’s.
Tomorrow morning Connelly tees off at 6:55 am eastern time and is paired with Joost Luiten and Alexander Bjork.
David Hearn had five birdies en route to a four under 68 today at TPC San Antonio putting him tied for fifth going into the weekend, combining his 68 with a 70 on Thursday.
Hearn’s strong play can be credited to his work on the greens, as he leads the field this week in strokes gained-putting.
Putting has been an issue for Hearn after the ban on anchoring putters, as Hearn was a player that relied heavily on anchoring his putter for his prior success on the greens.
Hearn credited his success after today’s round to his former putter that he would normally anchor, that he has since shaved down.
Tomorrow’s round will be telling for Hearn, who ranks 204th on tour in average putts in the third round.
Hearn’s best finish on tour this season came in November at The RSM Classic, where he finished tied for 17th. He does not have full status this season because he finished 128th in the Fedex Cup standings last season.
Hearn tees off tomorrow at 12:05 ET with Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel.
Canadians Corey Conners and Ben Silverman also made the cut are both tied for 48th.
Albertan Steven Lecuyer is competing in the Zanaco Masters in Zambia this week, in what will be his first Sunshine Tour event. Lecuyer received his Sunshine Tour card after advancing through qualifying school.
Lecuyer brought up his excitement for the week and the season, stating, “I feel very excited about my first season on the Sunshine tour, the players and venues are world class. This will be a great experience and I look forward to starting the season this week in Zambia,” he said.
This weeks event is taking place at the Lusaka Golf Club. Lecuyer described it as a tight driving course with small greens, which makes for a good challenge.
Lecuyer also described how he feels his game will match up against the course. “My game suits this course well, I’m hitting it well off the tee and hitting my short irons solid as well,” he said.
An interesting aspect of this weeks tournament are the greens, as the Sunshine Tour went as far as to admittedly call them patchy. Lecuyer agreed, saying they are grainy with not much break, but he also said that if he hits it solid with pace, there will be no problem in sinking putts this week!
When asked what he would like to change from qualifying school, Lecuyer said he’d like to stay more present in his routine this week, which is something that he has been trying to change since qualifying school.
Update: Steven Lecuyer shot a 2 over round of 74, placing him in a tie for 76th after the round one.