Monday, June 22, 2009
Unlike Ricky Barnes, I have actually heard of Lucas Glover before. But really the only reason I have is thanks to my addiction to ESPN Best Ball Challenge which was unceremoniously dumped this year. Regardless of my knowledge, I'm willing to bet you have no idea who Lucas Glover is so I'll give you a little run down to help prep you for this mornings action.
Lucas Glover was a 2-time 1st team all American at the University of Clemson which afforded him a spot on the Walker Cup team. For those of you who don't know what the Walker Cup is, it's essentially the Ryder Cup for college kids. The two yeas following college he played on the Nationwide Tour before earning his PGA Card for the 2004 season.
Since 2004 Glover has been on the PGA Tour. His results have been enough to keep him on the tour, but not enough to gain him any notoriety to the masses. He has 1 win since 2004, this coming in 2005 at the FUNAI Classic at Disney. He has made the cut of a major just 4 times in his career with his best finish being T20 at the 2007 Masters. 2009 is actually the first time in four attempts that Glover has made the cut of the US Open.
In his career Glover's best finish on the money list came in 2006 when he was 21st. Other notable moments for Glover came in 2007 when he was a member of the winning US President's Cup team. This season he has 2 Top-3 finishes, one coming at the Buick Invitational and the other coming at the Quail Hollow Championship.
Likely, none of these moments are enough to imbed the name Lucas Glover into the skulls of the casual golf fan. But today just might be that day. Like Ricky Barnes, Glover has no experience in this moment. He could easily choke. But with a 5 stroke lead, he's got the margin for error, and he definitely has the potential to be US Open Champion.