MADISON, Miss. - Heath Slocum heard the familiar, fatherly voice. Like a good son, he listened, and it paid off.
Slocum shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and turned the PGA Tour's only stop in Mississippi into a family affair: His dad - former Mississippi club pro Jack Slocum - was his caddy.
"Hearing that same voice that I've heard all my life, 'Commit to this, stay still,' it was nice," Slocum said. "It was special just to have him on the bag, and with us being from around this area, it was just a special week."
The younger Slocum finished at 21-under 267 at the par-72, 7,199-yard course at Annandale Golf Club.
Slocum and Loren Roberts were tied at 20 under entering the 17th hole. After knocking his second shot 9 feet from the pin, Slocum birdied the par-4, 413-yard hole.
"I picked a target, I committed to that target and I made a good swing," Slocum said.
Meanwhile, Roberts had a bogey after hitting his drive into the water to fall two strokes back.
"Really, the only bad shot I hit the whole week was the tee shot at 17," Roberts said. "I hit a poor shot. That's my fault."
Slocum closed his bogey-free round with a par on No. 18. After he made his final 2-foot putt, he thrust a fist and his putter into the air, let out a scream and hugged his father.
Slocum's only other victory came last year at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. The win at Annandale was worth $540,000 and helped him jump 17 spots to 50th on the money list with $1,606,185 in earnings.
He made 17 cuts in his final 18 tournaments, and the SFB Classic was his fourth top-10 finish in that span.
"This is one of the tournaments where I said from the beginning, 'I'd love to win," Slocum said. "The last six months, I've been playing really solid golf, and to cap it off with a win at the end of the year... pretty amazing."
Roberts (68) and Carl Pettersson (67) were two strokes back at 269. Joey Snyder III, a rookie who led after three rounds, shot 70 and finished at 270.
Slocum finally became a winner in his fifth try at Annandale. In four prior attempts, his best finish came in 2004 when he was 18th.
The SFB Classic has deep sentimental value for the 31-year-old Slocum, who grew up 55 miles from Madison in the Mississippi River city of Vicksburg. His father was the head pro at a golf course in the nearby town of Bovina, Miss.
"I'm definitely part Mississippi, part Louisiana and part Florida," said Slocum, who now lives in Pensacola, Fla.
Jack Slocum played in the event nine times, making four cuts but never finishing higher than a tie for 26th in 1983.
"He trusts me enough," Heath Slocum said. "All he was there for was the support."
This time, the son had plenty of company atop the leaderboard for much of the final round; three other players - Roberts, Pettersson and Snyder - were at 20 under.
Snyder had a bogey on No. 14 to fall off the pace, and finished his round with another bogey on 18.
Pettersson was in the mix before he had a bogey on No. 16 and finished 19 under. He was seeking his second straight victory after winning the Chrysler Championship.
Still, his strong week earned him a spot in the Masters next spring.
"I had a nice week last week, and I'm thrilled," Pettersson said. "It's been a lifelong dream to play in the Masters, and I look forward to going there."
Pettersson, who earned $264,000 for sharing second place this week, finished 27th with $1,993,851 in winnings. He began the week ranked 43rd.
The SFB Classic was the last chance for players to finish in the top 40 to get into the Masters; the top 125 to secure tour cards for next year; and the top 150 to get a pass to final stage of Q-school.
Roberts also earned $264,000 and improved 33 spots on the money list to 93rd with winnings totaling $874,330. Roberts, who reached his goal of cracking the top 125, earned a spot in The Players Championship next year.
"I just want to see how I'm feeling and see how I'm playing," he said.
Briny Baird fell out of the top 125 after shooting a 70 to slip one spot behind Nick Price. Baird said he plans to return to Q-school.
"I had plenty of chances this year to play well," Baird said. "I'm disappointed with my play for the entire year. I'm not disappointed with my play this week."
Kevin Stadler shot 73 and stayed at 168th on the money list. Frustrated after a difficult final round, Stadler walked off the 18th green and threw his putter into a trash can.