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  • Barjon looking to bounce back in 2018

    Former Freedom 55 Financial Championship winner looking to compete more this season

  • Paul Barjon owns the 72-hole Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada scoring record. (Claus Andersen/PGA TOUR)
    Paul Barjon owns the 72-hole Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada scoring record. (Claus Andersen/PGA TOUR)
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  • Paul Barjon knows his best golf is good enough to take him to where he wants to go.

    After all, he owns the lowest 72-hole score in Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada history, with his stellar performance of 22-under 258 earning him the title at the 2016 Freedom 55 Financial Championship and vaulting him into the Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, where he earned full status for 2017.

    For the 25-year old, however, the timing didn’t work out exactly right last year. Despite two top-10 finishes on last year’s Web.com Tour, the former NCAA All-American at Texas Christian University failed to keep his card and he finds himself headed back to Mackenzie Tour Q-School this coming week at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, California.

    Barjon knows his victory in London wasn’t a fluke; it’s not the only time Barjon has gone below 260 for 72 holes, having accomplished the feat at the First Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School this past October with a 29-under total of 259 for four days.

    "I didn't really compete on the Web.com Tour. I just tried to survive instead of just trying to compete.”  - Paul Barjon

    Now, the French national by way of tiny New Caledonia in the South Pacific knows as he competes at Q-School and aims to re-start his professional career where it began, he’s trying to find a way to consistently produce those outstanding weeks a little more often and ride them all the way to the PGA TOUR.

    “In my first two years as a pro, I kind of realized you can play well the entire year and make some cuts. But you're going to have one or two weeks a year where you're going to be hot and that's going to be your week,” says Barjon. “I feel like I've had two of these weeks the last two years. One was London in 2016, and one was the First Stage of Q-School.”

    The principal challenge for Barjon heading in to 2018? Do away with complacency and compete every week. Instead of trying to make cuts, he aims to try and play to win right from the first tee shot, eschewing an approach that focused too much on trying simply to make cuts last year.

    "I didn't really compete on the Web.com Tour. I just tried to survive instead of just trying to compete,” says Barjon.

    Like many players who advance to the Web.com Tour only to lose their card and face a long climb to make their way back, Barjon admits he was down on his prospects at the end of last season after failing to advance through Second Stage. Barely a year removed from winning the Mackenzie Tour’s flagship event, he had only conditional status as a past champion in Canada – unlikely to draw him into any fields - to rely on for 2018.

    "This winter, at some points I was like, 'Oh man, this just sucks.' You always have doubt and ask yourself 'is this really was I want to do?' Especially in December and January when there aren't any tournaments, it's hard to stay motivated,” says Barjon.

    The PGA TOUR, however, is full of examples of players who lost their Web.com Tour cards and were forced to return to the Mackenzie Tour or PGA TOUR Latinoamérica to try and make their way back. Players like Mackenzie Hughes, Brandon Harkins and Ben Silverman all persevered after failed first attempts, and Barjon hopes he’ll be joining them in just a few years’ time.

    "It was hard, but as I got closer to playing again, I realized that's what I like - to compete. I just want to give myself more opportunities to play and try to make it back,” says Barjon.

    To prepare for this week’s Q-School at Carlton Oaks, he’s been playing events on the North Texas PGA Players Tour, where he’s recorded five top-five finishes. He also received some motivation in the form of his keeper trophy from his Freedom 55 Financial Championship win, which finally arrived at his Texas home after a mailing issue.

    “It's kind of fun to look at it. It was my first pro win,” says Barjon, recalling his triumphant week in London.

    With a year’s perspective a new outlook, Barjon hopes that he’ll be adding some more hardware to his collection in 2018.

    Paul Barjon emerges victorious in London

      Paul Barjon emerges victorious in London