April 26 2013
By Brian Allee-Walsh, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
AVONDALE, La. -- A rediscovered putting stroke has Lucas Glover atop the leaderboard after the morning wave of players Friday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Glover stands at 12-under 132 after firing a 67 over the 7,341-yard, par-72 Pete Dye layout at TPC Louisiana.
Boo Weekley shot a 68 and sits one shot back at 133.
Glover has carded 17 birdies through 36 holes, suggesting the extra work with coach Dave Stockton Jr. the past seven months is finally paying dividends. Though hitting just 25 greens in regulation, he has made 32 of 34 putts from inside 10 feet through the first two rounds.
"Ball-striking wise, I've been where I'm used to being," said Glover, who can count the 2009 U.S. Open among his three wins on the PGA TOUR. "But I don't know that I've ever putted like I have the past two days, so I don't know if I can say I'm back because I've never been there. It changes every weekend.
"But it's been good. I've made a little adjustment with my setup -- a little more stable on my left side, a little more weight left. Did I see this coming? Yeah, it was just one of those things where I had to get the putter straightened out."
Glover has struggled through the first four months on TOUR after recovering from season-ending knee surgery last September. Through 10 events, he has one top-10 finish at The Honda Classic and four missed cuts, three in the last month.
Reduced to a couch potato and bored out of his mind for the first six weeks following surgery, Glover said he occupied himself doing crossword puzzles and reading.
"I'd rehab for an hour-and-half on the couch," he said. "I think it was exactly six weeks after surgery that I started on wedges."
As far as his chances this weekend, Glover said he'll go as far as his putter will take him.
"I'm not foolish enough to think I'm going to make them all every day," he said. "That's where patience comes in. You can't let it get to you.
"So as long as I'm rolling it down the line where I'm looking, that's all I can do. I've got to take that tomorrow and Sunday and not let it get to me. I'll be the first to admit I'll get mad if I'm not hitting my lines because that's something I can control."