‘Trav­el­ling cir­cus’

For the Slone fam­ily, life on the road is an ad­ven­ture

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - JON MCCARTHY jm­c­[email protected] @jon­m­c­carthysun

LAS VEGAS — “Last week the course was su­per easy, flat. This course is more hilly so it gets chal­leng­ing.”

No, that isn’t a player or cad­die talk­ing golf strat­egy at TPC Sum­mer­lin, the site of this week’s Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open. It’s Casey Sloan, who at seven months preg­nant is still out on tour walk­ing all 18 holes of nearly ev­ery round her hus­band Roger plays on the PGA Tour.

“Next week is my last week trav­el­ling,” she said on Fri­day walk­ing (of course) down the side of the 18th fair­way. “Af­ter that it’s too close to the baby be­ing born.”

The Sloans travel to­gether full-time through­out the year with their two-year-old daugh­ter Leighton. The young fam­ily will ei­ther rent a house or stay in a ho­tel de­pend­ing what city they are in. Last week in Napa at the Safe­way Open, Roger fin­ished tied for 13th place and Casey was along­side him for all 72 holes.

“She’s def­i­nitely a trooper,” Roger said af­ter his round on Fri­day. “It’s just nice know­ing that she’s out there watch­ing and sup­port­ing and you know if some­thing hay­wire hap­pens out there I can kind of give her a lit­tle silly face to kind of get me back in the zone.”

The Sloans live in Hous­ton where the PGA Tour stops for next week’s Hous­ton Open. That home game of sorts will be Casey’s last tour­na­ment un­til af­ter the baby is born. There will be a pe­riod af­ter­wards where Roger will be on his own week-to-week, but Casey plans to get back out on tour as soon as she can with the kids.

“It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a chal­lenge,” Roger told Postmedia be­fore the Shriners Open. “I’m not go­ing to lie. But it’s an awe­some chal­lenge, and I’m look­ing for­ward to mak­ing this trav­el­ling cir­cus a lit­tle bit big­ger.”

Sloan isn’t the only Cana­dian golfer who has brought a lit­tle bit of home with him to Las Vegas this week. Gra­ham De­laet, who is mak­ing his re­turn to golf af­ter nearly two years away with a back in­jury, needed some­one to carry his clubs as he tries to get a few tour­na­ments un­der his belt be­fore re­turn­ing full time to

the PGA Tour.

“We kind of went to the bullpen for the fall se­ries,” De­laet said on Thurs­day, point­ing to his cad­die Ryan Smith. “This is a buddy of mine from Saska­toon.”

“I was more ner­vous then he was,” Smith said.

Both De­laet and Sloan missed the cut this week, but there are worse places to spend the week­end than Las Vegas with fam­ily and friends.

GETTY Im­ages

Canada’s Roger Sloan hits out of a bunker on the sec­ond hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open at TPC Sum­mer­lin in Las Vegas yes­ter­day. Sloan fin­ished at three un­der and missed the cut.

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