Lucas Glover is a fighter.
All through his profession, he has fought by slumps, swing modifications, accidents, authorized points along with his spouse, and winless seasons.
He did win the 2009 U.S. Open—his crowning achievement—however many golf followers have described him as a ‘one-hit surprise’ or a journeyman professional.
With out query, Glover has not had the success that different professionals have achieved, however that ought to not take away from the preventing spirit that Glover has.
His tenacity was on full show Sunday on the Wyndham Championship, the place he battled a determined subject of gamers trying to make their method into the Prime 70 of the FedEx Cup standings. He fought off quite a few gamers, carded a 2-under 68, and emerged victorious at 20-under par.
Maybe most significantly, Glover’s victory earns him a spot within the playoffs, as he’ll head to the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis because the Forty ninth-ranked golfer within the FedEx Cup rankings.
Getting into the Wyndham Championship, Glover was ranked 112th.
“I don’t get to see [my family] as a lot as I’ve needed to as a result of I’ve not been taking part in that nice,” Glover instructed Amanda Renner of CBS Sports activities after his win. “Perhaps I can see extra of their practices and video games and be house somewhat extra. I’m too previous to be on the highway this a lot. I’ve been busting my hump so I will be with them and my spouse. I’m so joyful.”
Whereas being interviewed by Renner, the 43-year-old was joined by his two kids, along with his daughter holding again tears and exclaiming, “Daddy! Daddy! We gained!”
Certainly he did.
Following a two-hour rain delay, Glover had 4 holes left to play: the par-5 fifteenth, the par-3 sixteenth, and the seventeenth and 18th, each par 4s.
He calmly made pars on every gap whereas Russell Henley, the person Glover battled with all day for the lead, couldn’t catch a break and folded down the stretch.
At one level, Henley held the lead at 21-under par. However that didn’t section Glover, who caught to his sport, put the ball within the fairway, and calmly made pars.
Henley ended his spherical with three straight bogeys to complete solo second at 18-under general.
The one gap Glover didn’t discover the golf green was on the final.
He pulled his tee shot left after which well laid up within the fairway along with his second shot.
For his third, he confronted a 100-yard uphill shot.
Glover fought laborious for that par-save on 18—a metaphor for the kind of man he’s.
He needed to battle all day, particularly early on, as he appeared shaky throughout the first hour of his spherical.
On the opening gap, Glover made a sloppy bogey. He made some poor swings quickly after that however finally righted the ship on the par-4 4th, the place he caught his second shot to 4 inches.
That calmed him down as he proceeded to play the remaining 14 holes bogey-free and in 2-under par.
Now he turns his consideration to Memphis subsequent week, the place he positioned third final yr.
Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By means of. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Be sure you try @_PlayingThrough too.