Tuesday April 15, 2014

Q-School: Sloan saves best round for last

Roger Sloan saved his best for last at the Web.com Tour’s Qualifying School in La Quinta, Calif.

Sloan, a 26-year-old Merritt native, shot a nine-under 63 in Tuesday’s final round of the six-round tournament. He started the day in a tie for 52nd, and finished in a tie for 15th at 17-under 415.

The result means that Sloan has improved his Web.com Tour status for 2014. Because he finished 87th on the tour’s money list in 2013, he only had partial status for next season.
With his finish at Q-School, he gained Category 4A status, meaning he is exempt until the second shuffling of the Web.com Tour season. The tour re-orders its exemptions periodically throughout the season, but Sloan’s improved status gives him a little breathing room early on.

Sloan was consistent throughout the first five rounds of Q-School, shooting 68-70-72-70-72, but really came to life in his final round. He opened with a birdie, and dropped three more before making the turn. He made birdie on five of his last eight holes to come home in 31.

It was an impressive turn-around for Sloan, who played his last 27 holes in 12-under par after shooting 39 on the front-nine of Monday’s round. He also made birdie on three of the four par-3s on Tuesday in posting one of seven 63s shot at Q-School.

This is the second straight year that Sloan has finished strong at Q-School — at PGA Tour Q-School in 2012 (it no longer exists), he fired 66-68 to finish in the top-75 and earn a Web.com Tour card.

American Zack Fischer finished first at Web.com Tour Q-School, bouncing back from an opening-round 75 to shoot 31-under 401 for the week. In playing his last five rounds 34-under, Fischer was dominant, shooting 67-66-65-64-64 to beat American Scott Pinckney by two strokes.

Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor was the top Canadian, finishing strong to wind up tied for 11th and get the same status in 2014 as Sloan. Taylor shot 69-70-72-67-68-67 for a total of 19-under 413.

The Web.com Tour schedule has yet to be finalized, but is expected to begin in February.

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