July 7, 2014
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - - Former University of Louisville men's golfer Derek Fathauer lost to Canada's Roger Sloan of the Nova Scotia Open on Sunday to finish in second place.
Adam Hadwin, a former All-American for the Cardinals, also placed in the top 10 by finishing in seventh place ay 6-under par.
Sloan calmly rolled in an eight-foot par putt to defeat Fathauer on the first playoff hole.
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.
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.
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.
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.He has 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.
A native of Jensen Beach, Fla., 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 holes No. 5-9. Fathauer's other 29 came in the second round of the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Open.