There will be two Canadians in the field when the British Open tees off Thursday morning.
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. was added to the field on Tuesday after former champion Mark Calcavecchia withdrew, apparently because of travel-related issues from the United States.
Several hours before the announcement was made, Calcavecchia tweeted: “Right now I thought I’d be on 3rd hole of mini practice rd at the Open!! Best we could do is a flight to West Palm Beach.”
As the first alternate, Hearn flew over to England after finishing in a tie for 45th at the John Deere Classic last weekend.
"Could be a long trip to drink some beers w/royalty! Wish me luck," he tweeted before leaving for England.
Hearn will be making his first career appearance in the golf major and joins fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask. It will be only his third career appearance in any of the four golf majors, having previously finished in a tie for 21st at the 2013 U.S. Open and tied for 47th at last year's PGA Championship.
Hearn is scheduled to tee off at 10:10 am local time alonside former Open champions Todd Hamilton of the United States and Sir Nick Faldo.
DeLaet has a 12:54 pm local tee time with reigning RBC Canadian Open champion Brandt Snedeker and former number one ranked amateur Cheng-tsung Pan.
Files from the Associated Press were used in this reportReport Typo/Error