Glover aspires to Tiger-like renaissance
May 13, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- May 13, 2019
- Lucas Glover has 11 top-25 finishes in his 15 starts this season. (Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Lucas Glover smiled wryly when he was told he and Tiger Woods are the only two players in the PGA Championship field this week who have won majors at Bethpage Black.
“That's probably about it,” he joked when asked what else they might have in common.
“That and we'll have 14 clubs in the bag this week, I guess.
“That's pretty cool to have that (in common). That might be the only thing that anybody will ever use he and I's name in the same breath. And any time you're lumped in with him. It's a pretty big honor.”
But the now 39-year-old three-time PGA TOUR winner hopes he might have something else in common with Woods … the ability to recapture some old glory.
Woods has famously returned from injury in the last year, winning the TOUR Championship and the Masters to pull within one of Sam Snead’s record 82 PGA TOUR wins.
At East Lake it was Woods’ first TOUR win in five years and at Augusta it was his first major win in nearly 11 years.
Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open, has faced similar lengthy win droughts. He has also battled some minor injuries, including most recently his knee.
The last of his three TOUR titles came at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. But this season … well you could say he’s trending.
Glover sits 31st in the FedExCup this season thanks to the fact he has four top-10s and 11 top-20s from 15 starts.
Last season he managed just one top-10, back in October of 2017, so it is a welcome return to form.
Especially considering his FedExCup positioning since his last winning season reads 219th, 114th, 185th, 147th, 106th, 43rd and 135th.
“I don't think there's been anybody to play this game that hasn't been fried at one point or another,” Glover said.
“It was pretty up and down and some lean times, but again, I don't know of anybody that’s played this game for a long time that hasn’t gone through some ups and downs.”
“Like (former NFL player) Brian Dawkins said in his Hall of Fame speech, you’re going through something so you’re going to come out on the other end, so that’s the way I’m looking at the last few years is I’ve come out the other side.
“I haven’t won, I haven’t accomplished any of my goals, but I’ve come through it.”
Glover’s victory in 2009 came in extremely wet conditions. The rain is again falling at Bethpage in the early part of this week. Back then he held off the likes of Woods, and Phil Mickelson as they charged towards him. He might have to do so again should he find himself in contention.
“Any experience you have, good or bad, you can make it a positive, and that's what I'm trying to do … I'm in every way a different person than 10 years ago, but I can still lean on all of that,” he adds.
“My golf swing is different, my putting stroke is different, my brain is different, everything is different. But at the same time, I still get comfortable when I walk into the clubhouse or drive through the gate.
“It's just that calming feeling. It's almost like how I imagine some guys feel driving down Magnolia Lane at Augusta that have had success there. It's just like an automatic deep breath, like I've done it here, let's see what we can do again.”