Slocum Victorious Wins Battlefield Promotion


Not only did Heath Slocum outlast a hard-charging Rod Pampling to win the Buy.Com Omaha Classic on Sunday in sunny Nebraska, but the 26-year-old made a bit of Buy.Com Tour history at the same time.
Slocum earned an automatic spot onto the PGA Tour, complement of the circuits elusive Battlefield Promotion.
By winning his third tournament in a single season, he accomplished the dream of every professional golfer.
Free Video - Registration Required Slocum comments on his bump up to the PGA Tour
Its unbelievable, Slocum said, who took the Greater Cleveland Open and the Knoxville Open earlier in the year.
Prior to this week, the award had only been awarded on just one other occasion. That was in 1997, when Chris Smith was victorious in three Buy.Com Tour events. Interestingly, Smiths award came at this very same venue.
On Sunday, it couldnt have happened any more dramatic for Slocum.
The Louisiana native fired a final round 66 to finish at 22-under 266 over The Champions Club, one stroke better than Pampling, who chased all the way with a gorgeous 65 of his own.
The climax came at the par-5 17th hole, when Pampling was faced with a mid-iron second shot to the green. Just two strokes off the pace at the time, he hit the ball perfectly, and it nearly went into the cup for a double-eagle, but rolled just inches by.
The gimme eagle got him into joint-first at 21-under.
But then up came Slocum to that same 17th.
On the green and faced with some 15-feet for birdie, Slocum rolled the ball right into the jar for the outright lead again at 22-under.
A par at the closing 18th, and the fruits of all his labor were his.
Prior to this year, Slocums best finish on the tour was a tie for 21st.
The difference from in the past was just believing in myself, said Slocum following his moment in the sun. I always knew I could play, but now I really, truly believe that I can do it.