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.