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A Tuesday With Mr. Hearn
MICHAEL BAMBERGER
May 14, 2007
Facing the end with few regrets, an avid golfer recounts sweet shots and lessons learned during a lifetime on the links
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May 14, 2007

A Tuesday With Mr. Hearn

Facing the end with few regrets, an avid golfer recounts sweet shots and lessons learned during a lifetime on the links

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Mr. Hearn was a devout Catholic, but in his own way. Not all of the rules worked for him, and he had no use for rote, formal prayer. But he prayed to God daily to have mercy on his soul. If there's golf at his next stop, he hoped it was like the game he played here: miss 'em quick, count 'em right.

Preparing for his death, he had planned to have a friend in Scotland, a golfer and a carpenter, make a simple pine box for him and have it shipped to Florida. But in the end he decided he didn't want to take up so much real estate, so he left instructions to be cremated.

In early April, Tom Hearn was talking about making a summer trip to Scotland, but he never made it that far. On a Saturday morning in late April, at quarter to five, he grabbed a son's finger like he was gripping a club and took his final breath, at age 82. His family knows what to do next: take his ashes and have them thrown to the sky, as if testing the wind, at the three courses he loved best--Jupiter, Mid Ocean and Elie. And so he will return to his courses, not as a man in cleats and a green V-neck sweater, but as fairway dust. His time on the links, Tom Hearn said near his end, was time well spent. He should rest in peace.

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