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.