Canada's Sloan earns first win at Nova Scotia Open
July 06, 2014
By Joe Chemycz, PGATOUR.COM
- July 06, 2014
- Roger Sloan won in his home country after a long day at the Nova Scotia Open. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
HALIFAX, NS – Canada’s Roger Sloan calmly rolled in an eight-foot par putt to defeat Derek Fathauer on the first playoff hole and win the Nova Scotia Open, sending the homeland fans into a spontaneous rendition of the Canadian national anthem.
“I love being a Canadian,” said Sloan, who hails from the western province of Alberta. “They just broke out in song. This means so much to win this here. I don’t know which feels better – to win or to be done today. It was a long day.”
Sloan, a 36-hole co-leader, posted scores of 71-70 on a rare 36-hole Sunday and forced the playoff with Fathauer, who stumbled with two bogeys in his final three holes of regulation to fall to 11-under 273.
“I had zero awareness of where I stood all day,” said Sloan. “I asked my caddie on 18 where we stood and he told me that up-and-down would get me in a playoff.”
With his mother and aunt watching in the crowd, Sloan calmly sank a 4 ½-foot par putt to add more holes onto one on the longest days in Tour history.
“That was ticklish putt,” he said. “It went down a cliff.”
Sloan opened with scores of 67-65 to join Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (T7) at 10-under at the halfway mark but then Tropical Storm Arthur blew into town with 40-60 mph winds and canceled Saturday’s play completely, resulting in the first 36-hole day since 2005.
“I was as nervous starting the third round as I was all day,” said Sloan. “My short game and my putter kept me in it for the first eight holes. After that I seemed to settle down a bit.”
Sunday’s finale at the Ashburn Golf Club featured several challengers, including California’s John Mallinger, who fell out of contention with a double bogey at No. 16 and finished third, three off the pace.
Kyle Thompson (69), Zack Fischer (67) and Henrik Norlander (69) tied for fourth place, four shots back. Another Canadian, Adam Hadwin closed with a 6-under 65 that put him into a five-way tie for seventh.
Sloan’s bogey at the par-5, 12th dropped him to 9-under and four back of Fathauer, who turned the front nine in 6-under 29 and then added a birdie at that same minutes earlier to reach 13-under.
Sloan, a transplanted Texan, bounced back with birdies on his next two holes and then became the beneficiary of two costly mistakes down the stretch.
“I kind of fumbled things coming in,” said Fathauer, who three-putted from 25 feet on the last hole.
Fathauer’s tee shot to open the playoff found the trees to the right while Sloan split the middle of the fairway at the 469-yard, 18th. A second shot by Fathauer clipped the trees and left him 100 yards away while Sloan had the gallery cheering when his second found the green, though 40 feet away.
“I hit an absolutely poor first putt,” said the winner. “It was a little bit of nerves and I didn’t put a good stroke on it.”
Fathauer then missed his par attempt from 30 feet, setting the stage for Sloan, who didn’t disappoint anyone as he picked up the winner’s crystal and a check for $117,000.
Roger Sloan wins in playoff at Nova Scotia Open
FOURTH ROUND NOTES:
• Sunday weather: Mostly sunny and breezy. Wind W-NW 20-30 mph during the morning and W-SW 10-20 mph during the afternoon. High of 82.
• Fourth-round play was in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees. Play was in threesomes with times running from 12:35-2:45 p.m. Players were not re-paired after the third round to save time.
• Sunday’s 36-hole finish was necessitated when Tropical Storm Arthur blew into Halfax early Saturday morning and eventually canceled play for the day because of 40-60 mph winds.
• The last time there was a 36-hole Sunday finish on the Web.com Tour was the 2005 Rex Hospital Open. Lefty Eric Axley posted a pair of 67s at TPC Wakefield Plantation to finish at 14-under and win by two over Troy Matteson.
• There are eight players in this week’s field that also played on the 36-hole Sunday in 2005: Ryan Armour (3rd in 2005), Cliff Kresge (T8), Timothy O’Neal (T17), Jeff Gove (T23), Shane Bertsch (T28), Darron Stiles (T37), Mathew Goggin (T49) and Kyle Thompson (T49).
• Roger Sloan was born in Calgary, Alberta, and was raised in Merritt, British Columbia. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas-El Paso (Finance) and now lives in Houston with his wife, Casey.
• Sloan’s first career win came in his 32nd career start on the Web.com Tour. Prior to this week, Sloan’s best finishes came in back-to-back weeks last year – a T7 at the Utah Championship and a T6 at the Midwest Classic in Kansas City.
• Sloan had made seven cuts in 12 starts on Tour this year but his best finish was a T14 at the South Georgia Classic.
• Sloan collected a check for $117,000 and moved from No. 80 to No. 14 on the money through 14 of 21 regular season events.
• Sloan becomes the third Canadian to win on his home soil:
Richard Zokol -- 2001 Samsung Canadian PGA Championship
David Hearn -- 2004 Alberta Classic
Roger Sloan -- 2014 Nova Scotia Open
• Sloan becomes the 11th first-time winner on Tour in 14 events.
• Sloan becomes the second Canadian to win on Tour this year:
Adam Hadwin -- 2014 Chile Classic
Roger Sloan -- 2014 Nova Scotia Open
• Sloan’s win comes at the age of 27 years, 1 month and 21 days.
• Sloan becomes the ninth player in his 20’s to win on Tour this year.
• Sloan was a member of PGA TOUR Canada from 2010-12 and collected his lone win at The Western Championship in Kamloops, BC, in 2011.
• Derek Fathauer’s runner-up finish is his career-best in his 64 starts. His previous best came earlier this year when he finished T3 at the Panama Claro Championship.
• Fathauer has now made 12 cuts in 14 starts and has four top-10 finishes. This was his ninth consecutive cut made. His payday of $70,200 vaulted him from No. 18 to No. 8 on the money list. His season total of $183,546 should be enough to give him a return trip to the PGA TOUR, where he was a member in 2009.
• Fathauer’s 6-under 29 on the front nine was the second time this season he’s done that. The two 29’s are similar in that each contained a run of five consecutive birdies that each came on Nos. 5-6-7-8-9. Fathauer’s other 29 came in the second round of the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Open.
• Fathauer was trying to become the second University of Louisville graduate to win on Tour this year – Adam Hadwin (2009 Business Administration) won the Chile Classic in early March.
• Kyle Thompson carded scores of 68-69 in Sunday’s finale and jumped into a tie for 4th place. Thompson was 2-under and T31 after 36 holes. This is his first top-10 finish on the Web.com Tour since a T4 at the 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am. Prior to this week, Thompson had made only two cuts in seven starts and entered the week No. 179 on the money list. He moved to No. 91.
• Rookie Zack Fischer shot 70-67 for his final 36 holes and joined Thompson in moving up from T31 to T4. Fischer has now made eight cuts in 12 starts this year but this is his first career top-10 on Tourn. Fischer, medalist at the 2013 Qualifying Tournament, moved up from No. 109 to 60 on the money list.
• Rookie Zac Blair carded scores of 67-70 today and moved from T46 to T7 in the final standings. This was Blair’s second career start on Tour. He missed the cut at the 2013 Utah Championship, where he teed it up as an amateur. Blair finished T85 at the 2013 Qualifying Tournament.
THIRD ROUND NOTES:
• The third round began at 6:30 a.m. and was completed at 2:06 p.m. Play was in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees. Players were not re-paired for the fourth round.
• John Mallinger matched the best score of the third round with a 4-under 67 that vaulted him into a share of the 54-hole lead with Canada’s Roger Sloan (71) at 10-under 203.
• Mallinger has played on the PGA TOUR for the past eight seasons (2007-14) and has made 183 career starts and 100 cuts. He has two runner-up finishes to his credit – a playoff loss at the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee to Bo Van Pelt and a T2 finish at the 2012 Humana Challenge.
• Mallinger has held/shared the 54-hole lead twice on TOUR. He was T1 after three rounds of the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship (T6) and was the outright leader heading into the final round of the 2013 Frys.com Open (T4).
• Mallinger has made six cuts in 13 TOUR starts this year with his only top-25 finish a T12 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Mallinger had shoulder surgery last April and was playing on a Major Medical Extension this year. He had 13 starts and needed to earn $454,184 to keep his status. He earned $197,058 and will be on the Web.com Tour for the rest of the 2014 campaign.
• Mallinger has made 39 career starts and 26 cuts on the Web.com Tour. His best finishes came in back-to-back events when he finished second in the 2011 Mylan Classic to Gary Christian and then second to Jason Kokrak at the Albertsons Boise Open. During the 2011 season Mallinger tied the Tour record with six consecutive top-10 finishes. During that summer he finished T9-T3-2-2-T6-T6 in successive starts. He finished No. 14 on the money list despite making only nine starts.
• Mallinger has made two starts and one cut on the 2014 Web.com Tour. He finished T70 at the Panama Claro Championship and missed the cut at the Rex Hospital Open.
• Mallinger has held/shared the 54-hole lead twice on the Web.com Tour. He was T1 at the 2011 Mylan Classic (2nd) and was the outright leader at the 2011 Children’s Hospital Classic (T6).
• Alex Cejka, winner of the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, rolled in four consecutive birdies (8-9-10-11) during his third-round 68.
• Adam Mitchell chalked up six birdies, six pars and six bogeys en route to a score of 71.
• PGA TOUR Canada was well represented this week with 18 current members teeing it up on Thursday. Eleven of the 18 are Canadians and the highest ranked player on the Tour’s Order of Merit is Eugene Wong of Vancouver, who is currently No. 5 on the list. Wong has chalked up rounds of 70-67-79-70—286 (+2) and finished T46.
• Bogey-free rounds this week:
R1 66 – Adam Hadwin; 68 – Skip Kendall, Justin Hueber; 69 – Ryan Spears
R2 65 – Roger Sloan; 66 – Zach Fischer; 67 – Chris Baker, Roland Thatcher; 70 – Michael Gligic; 71 – Sung Kang
R3 67 – Matt Davidson
• NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour returns to the United States for the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank July 7-13 at Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, UT (Salt Lake City). Last year, New Zealand’s Steven Alker defeated Australia’s Ash Hall in a playoff after the pair was deadlocked at 22-under par following regulation play. Alker made some noise in Saturday’s third round when he posted a 10-under 61 to move into contention. Will Wilcox then grabbed some headlines of his own on Sunday when he posted a 12-under 59 that left him one shot out of the playoff.