RIO DE JANEIRO – Former Cowboys golfer David Hearn saved his best round for last in Rio, shooting a 5-under 66 on Sunday as the first Olympic men’s golf competition in 112 years came to a close. Hearn finished 1-under for the tournament and tied for 30th place in the 60-member field.
The Canadian golfer started his final round at the Olympic Golf Course with a bang, registering a birdie on the first hole. He collected birdies on the third, eighth and ninth holes to round out the front nine with a 3-under 32.
The momentum continued into the back nine, as Hearn collected pars on each of the back nine’s first four holes. He added birdies on holes No. 14 and 16, finishing the back nine with a bogey-free, 2-under 34. His 66 in the final round tied with three other golfers for Sunday’s fourth-best stroke total, his best single-round finish of the tournament.
Hearn’s impressive round capped an unforgettable experience for the former Cowboy. “[I’m] so proud to be a part of Team Canada,” he tweeted Sunday at the conclusion of his round. “[I’m] so proud to say I’m an Olympian! One of the greatest experiences of my career.”
Great Britain’s Justin Rose and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson traded birdie for birdie in a battle for the gold medal, with Rose emerging as the sport’s first Olympic champion in 112 years after a final-round 67 and a 16-under tournament score. Stenson finished 14-under for silver, while American Matt Kuchar charged up the leaderboard with a final-round 63 to take bronze at 13-under. Hearn’s teammate with Canada, Graham DeLaet, placed 20th at four strokes under par.