O, Canada: Sloan wins Nova Scotia Open
Sunday, July 6, 2014
After holding off Derek Fathauer and his 66 to force a playoff, Albertan Roger Sloan parred his 37th hole of the day to win the Nova Scotia Open Sunday in his home country.
"I mean, they're singing the anthem right now, and I love being a Canadian," Sloan told Golf Channel after edging Fathauer, speaking above the gallery's a cappella performance. "It means so much for me to win here on my home soil. Props to Halifax; they put on a wonderful event. I've got a lot of family history here, and it's just very special to win here."
Sloan moved into a share of the lead in the second round before Tropical Storm Arthur canceled play Saturday and forced 36 holes of play Sunday. He carded rounds of 71 and 70 while avoiding looks at the leaderboard, he said.
"I had no idea where I was the whole day," he said. "Finally on the last hole there I asked my caddie what I needed to do there, and he said, 'Up and down gets you in a playoff.'
"It was a tough day, the wind was tricky but we focused one shot at a time and got it done."
Fathauer had closed a four-shot gap in the fourth round with a 66, but found tree trouble in the playoff and barely missed a long putt that could have saved par.
John Mallinger finished three shots back in third after rounds of 67 and 73 Sunday. Zack Fischer, Henrik Norlander and Kyle Thompson finished tied for fourth at 7 under. Second round co-leader Jose de Jesus Rodriguez shot 74-72 Sunday to finish another shot back among five players T-7.