August 28, 2014

Lucas Glover prepares for British Open this week

Former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover will begin play in the 2010 British Open at the famed St. Andrews Course in Scotland on Thursday.  It will be the fourth career appearance for Glover in the British Open, but his first at St. Andrews.  Glover will be paired with Rory McIlroy and Tim Clark in  a group that begins play at 8:20 AM in Scotland. 

That will be 3:20 in the morning here in South Carolina so you may want to set your DVR or get a big pot of coffee ready for Glover’s frist round. 

Glover has made the cut in three consecutive majors dating to last year’s PGA Championship when he finished fifth, and has made the cut in four of his last five.  That streak dates to the 2009 United States Open when he became the first former Clemson golfer to win a major.

Earlier this year, Glover finished 36th at the Masters and 58th at the US Open.  He is one of just 31 golfers to make the cut in each of the first two major championships this year, one of just 17 to make the cut in each of the last three majors over two years.

Glover has played in three British Opens in his career.   He missed the cut at Royal Liverpool in 2006, then finished 27th at the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie.  He missed the cut at Turnberry last year.

By virtue of his victory at the US Open, Glover is exempt for the British Open for five years.

So far this year, the Clemson graduate who was a three-time All-American with the Tigers between 1998-01 has made the cut in 12 of 16 events.  He has six top 25 finishes, including a third place finish at the Players Championship in Jacksonville, the highest finish in history by a former Tiger at that event.

Lucas Glover off to hot start to PGA season

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Former Clemson Tiger Lucas Glover is off to a great start at the PGA season opening SBS Championship in Hawaii. The reigning U.S. Open Champion fired a -7 under par 66 to take a one stroke lead heading into today’s second round. Former Dutch Fork and Coastal Carolina standout Dustin Johnson is one stroke back at -6 under.

Glover started his round with a double-bogey but then he heated up his putter to put together a solid round that put in the clubhouse with the lead.

Lucas Glover talks about his opening round at the SBS Championship

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The second round tees off later this afternoon in Maui. You can keep up with all the action right here.

This tournament has a small field that is made of some of the top players in the world. Well, with the exception of one. Some guy named Tiger Woods couldn’t make it for personal reasons. Glover is disappointed Tiger isn’t playing this weekend and he can’t wait for him to return to the tour.

Glover’s take on Tiger Woods return to golf

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Lucas is such a classy guy. He is completely honest and genuine and when it comes to Tiger he is absolutely correct. He knows that the tour needs Tiger because Tiger brings in the big television audience and the bigger bucks for the other players. Some of the guys on tour that are using Tigers transgressions to take shots at him and claim that the tour is fine without him are crazy. No one, other than a select group of older white men, cared about golf before Tiger Woods burst onto the scene. The sooner he comes back the better. Will he be viewed the same? Probably not, but once he starts winning all this TMZ, US Weekly fodder will become an afterthought. America loves a comeback and the sooner Tiger makes his, the better. Kudos to Lucas Glover for not only recognizing this but having the gumption to say it.

I’ve noticed most of the guys chatting down Tiger’s absence are guys that can’t or haven’t beat him. They fear Tiger and perhaps see this as their chance to take him down. They can’t do it on the course so maybe they can attack his off the course behavior. Glover has what it takes to beat Tiger. He’s proven that. And I respect the fact he can’t wait for another chance to compete with and against the best player in the world.

Glover makes President’s Cup team

Former Clemson All-American and 2009 US Open Champion Lucas Glover has been selected by United States Captain Fred Couples to represent the United States in the 2009 President’s Cup.  The tournament will be held at Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco October 8-11.

This will be the second straight President’s Cup appearance for Glover, who is the only former Tiger to be selected to a United States national golf team at the professional level.   He helped the US team to a team victory in 2007.

 Glover was 11th in the final regular season President’s Cup points standing, meaning he was one of two captain’s picks for Couples.  He was in the exact same situation in 2007, as the number-11 ranked player when Jack Nicklaus made Glover a captain’s pick.

 Glover was joined on the team as a captain’s pick by former Oklahoma State All-American Hunter Mahan, who was also a captain’s pick with Glover in 2007.

The other 10 players on the United States team are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Sean O’Hair, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard.

Glover has had his finest year on the PGA Tour. He became the first former Tiger to win a Major when he captured the US Open at Bethpage Black in June.  He also finished fifth at the PGA Championship, the highest finish ever by a former Tiger in that event as well. He is seventh on the PGA Tour money list with over $3.4 million and is 14th in the Fed X Cup point standings entering this weekend’s play at Cog Hill Country Club in Chicago.

Glover is first on the PGA Tour in total driving and is first in total birdies.

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Locals prepare to tee off at AT&T National

The PGA tour is in Maryland for the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods. Former Clemson star and U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover will be playing with Tiger on Thursday and Friday. Glover played last week at the Travelers Championship and did well but he’s hoping he can get back in contention this weekend.

AUDIO: Lucas Glover on AT&T National (1:10)

Fellow Clemson alum and Columbia native Charles Warren is also in the field this weekend. Former USC standout Brett Quigley and Greenville native Matt Bettencourt are also playing.

The tournament tees off bright and early Thursday morning.  Glover tees off a little after 1:00 Thursday afternoon.