Canadian Sloan Surges into Contention at Puerto Rico Open


RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — Canada’s Roger Sloan was one shot back of the lead after the morning wave during the second round of the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.

The 31-year-old from Merritt, B.C., shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to put him at 7 under for the tournament.

He was tied for third with Martin Trainer, one shot back of American co-leaders D.J. Trahan and Nate Lashley.

The highlight of Sloan’s round was an eagle on the par-4 17th.

"Hit a three-wood down there," Sloan told reporters.

"We had 67 yards and, yeah, we just threw in a little 60-degree wedge. It landed nicely and it rolled and went in, so that’s pretty cool."

Sloan is 143rd on the FedEx Cup rankings this season, with his best finish a tie for 12th at the Desert Classic.

He has missed the cut at his past two events.

"I’m not too concerned with all that," Sloan said.

"My job out here is to go out and hit one shot at a time and kind of take care of business. I learned a lot my first year on tour, so I’m applying all those lessons and making all those necessary adjustments for this year.

"I’m excited for the rest of the summer. The calendar year’s just kind of getting started. We’re almost here at the midpoint of the season, but I’m excited for the next few months. It’s going to be good."

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., also are in the tournament.