Canadian Roger Sloan defeated Derek Fathauer
A few of the youngsters on the Web.com Tour have made picking up maiden wins look easy this year, which is rather misleading.
Roger Sloan’s win at the Nova Scotia Open is more representative of how hard it is to finally break through.
To win on his home soil, the 27-year-old Alberta native only had to wait out a tropical storm, play 36 holes on Sunday and sweat out a playoff. Piece of cake, eh?
“I don’t know which feels better – to win or to be done today,” Sloan said on Sunday night. “It was a long day.”
Not since 2005 had the Tour seen a 36-hole Sunday – and when Eric Axley won that year at the Rex Hospital Open he did it by two shots, not needing a playoff.
And Sloan was somewhat lucky to get into the playoff, as Derek Fathauer had a blazing start to his final round with seven birdies in 12 holes only to bogey two of the last three including a three-putt from 25 feet on the 72nd hole. If he had played his final half-dozen holes in just 1 over, Sloan wouldn’t have heard “O Canada” from the home fans. (Well, at least not with as much verve as they had.)
Everything broke just the right way for Sloan, whose 71-70 Sunday didn’t torch Ashburn Golf Club but his opening 67-65 did.
Now, like other first-time winners, his golf world is completely different. He moved from 80th to 12th in money, and can see a PGA TOUR card a lot more clearly than a week ago.
ARTHUR’S VISIT: The tropical storm that climbed the east coast of the United States and then hit Nova Scotia could have been much worse, though it did leave plenty of damage around the province.
According to Halifax’s Chronicle Herald, some 140,000 customers were left without power in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s visit by Arthur.
At the golf course, several trees were uprooted and some temporary structures were damaged, and some strong west winds still swept through during Sunday’s play. But crews did an impressive job of getting the course ready for a marathon day for players and fans.
THE 25: The money list had one of its less volatile weeks at the Nova Scotia Open, with Sloan the only player moving in from outside THE 25.
Fathauer jumped 10 spots from 18th to eighth after picking up $70,200 for his runner-up, enhancing his chances of returning to the PGA TOUR. He played the TOUR in 2009.
With Sloan bumping in, Alex Prugh fell one spot from No. 25 to 26.