It didn’t take long after his win at the Nova Scotia Open on Sunday for Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., to receive an invitation to play in the RBC Canadian Open later this month at Royal Montreal.
Sloan confirmed the invitation on Monday.
“I’m fairly certain that I’m going to play,” said Sloan,
“Obviously, I’m extremely ecstatic to have the opportunity to play in front of the home fans again in a couple of weeks in Montreal,” he added.
Falling just short of confirming, Sloan said he just wanted to look at the Web .com Tour schedule and see how the Canadian Open fits in.
After winning his first Web .com Tour event in a playoff on Sunday in Halifax, Sloan is now 12th on that circuit’s money list. The top 25 at the end of the season graduate to the PGA Tour.
The Web .com Tour’s Midwest Classic is being played in Overland Park, Ks., at the same time the Open is being held in Montreal, so Sloan says he wants to weigh all options.
“It’s a tricky situation on the Web .com because there’s so much riding on each event. Obviously, you’re trying to secure your PGA Tour card. You’re not trying to secure on invitation to one tournament on the PGA Tour,” he said.
“With what’s riding on the line week to week, you really have to be committed. Adam Hadwin is sitting in a great position (fifth on the money list). He can afford to take the week off,” said Sloan.
“As for me, I love the experience of the Canadian Open. I think it’s only going to further and better my career and help that transition from the Web .com to the PGA Tour, but I have to keep in mind that I have to secure my position on the Web .com to make sure that I have a good status going into next year,” he said.
“I don’t want this to be misconstrued as me sitting on the fence as to whether or not to play the Canadian Open. I want to play the Canadian Open, It’s an opportunity that I dream of every year,” he said.
At last year’s Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., Sloan was two-under and tied for 52nd.