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Leaderboard watching

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Lucas Glover once chaffed at the notion that it’s best to avoid any leaderboard watching on a Tour Sunday with hardware on the line. “You don’t coach the fourth quarter of a football game without knowing the score,” he said.

On Sunday at Sea Island Resort Heath Slocum tested the boundaries of Glover’s wisdom. Although he led by as many as four strokes through eight holes on Sunday Slocum’s lead had shrunk to one shot as he stepped to the 16th tee. Slocum glanced at the leaderboard and proceeded to birdie the hole for a two-shot cushion he would need to win the inaugural McGladrey Classic.

“On 18 I asked, ‘Do you want to know?’” Slocum’s caddie D.J. Nelson said. “He said, ‘Is it two shots?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ That was it.”

As for what’s next for the Tour’s newest champion, Slocum is scheduled to play the final Fall Series event at Walt Disney World, the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia and, according to Tour officials, he has moved onto the alternate list for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event in China.