WEB.COM TOUR STORYLINES – Week of July 7th
UTAH CHAMPIONSHIP presented by Zions Bank
Willow Creek Country Club, Sandy (Salt Lake City), Utah
Purse: $625,000 First: $112,500
2013 Champion: Steven Alker
15th of 25 events
Golf Channel will televise all four rounds in HD
A POPULAR WIN AT HOME – Roger Sloan was a very popular winner on Sunday when he captured the first Nova Scotia Open in front of fellow Canadians in Halifax, N.S. The Calgary, Alberta native whose grandfather immigrated to Canada via Halifax defeated Derek Fathauer of Jupiter, Fla. on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to earn his first Web.com Tour title in 32 starts. His winning putt was greeted by a spontaneous rendition of the Canadian national anthem by the fans, including his mother and aunt. Saturday’s play was wiped out when Tropical Storm Arthur swept through the province. 36 holes were played on Sunday. Sloan is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas-El Paso and now lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Casey. He played PGA TOUR Canada from 2010-12, winning in 2011 in Kamloops, B.C. “I love being Canadian,” the 27-year-old champion said. “They just broke out in song. This means so much to win here.”
BIG LEAP – Roger Sloan, vaulted from 80th to 14th on the Web.com Tour money list through 14 of 21 Regular Season events, putting himself in the thick of the competition to secure one of the 25 available Regular Season PGA TOUR cards.
UTAH ON TABS THIS WEEK – The Web.com Tour returns to the United States this week for the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank 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 through 72 holes. 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 59 that left him one shot out of the playoff.
“8th MUSTACHE WEEK” – James Nitties is the winner of this week’s “8th Annual Mustache Week” competition among Web.com Tour players and staff in Utah. Check out his unique approach to facial (and head) hair.
JARROD LYLE AND “LEUK” VISIT GOLF CHANNEL – Jarrod Lyle makes his return to competitive golf in the U.S. in two weeks, beginning with the Midwest Classic in Kansas City (July 24-27). After a week off, he and his wife, Briony, and daughter, Lusi, will head on to events in Springfield, Mo. and Knoxville, Tenn. in their newly purchased RV. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old Aussie spent the morning at Golf Channel doing various shows and media interviews. Here is a link to Jarrod and his friend, “Leuk the Duck”, who is symbolic of Jarrod’s battles with leukemia.
ZEROING IN ON A TOUR CARD – Derek Fathauer’s runner-up finish in Nova Scotia was his career-best in 64 Tour starts. His previous best was a T3 in March this year in Panama. The former Louisville Cardinal from Jupiter, Fla. is enjoying a solid season, having posted four top-10s and made 12 cuts in 14 starts. Fathauer improved ten spots on the money list in Canada to eighth.
SOLID DEBUT – Six days removed from the Palmer Cup in England, former Cal Bear All-American Brandon Hagy made his professional debut in Nova Scotia, finishing T40.
PGA TOUR CANADA REPRESENTATION – PGA TOUR Canada was well represented at the Nova Scotia Open with 18 current members teeing it up in Halifax. Eleven were Canadians, with the highest-ranked player on the tour’s Order of Merit being Eugene Wong of Vancouver at No. 5.
DID YOU KNOW? – The last time 36 holes were played on Sunday was the 2005 Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C.
NEXT WEEK – The Tour goes to Idaho for the 25th playing of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, with Hillcrest Country Club having served as host every year.
Source: PGA Tour