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The Tour Report

October 14 2011

3:15 PM

Putter will determine Glover’s success

By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Sometimes the home game isn’t all its cracked up to be. Lucas Glover, one of a number of St. Simons Island residents in the McGladrey Classic field, enters the weekend at 4 under, six shots behind current leader Michael Thompson. The 2009 U.S. Open champion has been struggling on the greens in his first 36 holes, taking 30 putts in each of the first two rounds.
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“It kind of bothers me, living here and playing here a lot, I have a lot of difficulty reading these greens,” Glover said. “Yesterday and today it felt like I’d read it left edge and it would break a ball, or I’d read it a ball and it should have been an edge putt or something. I just wasn’t quite on it.” Glover opened his week with a 2-under 68 and hit enough quality shots to improve on that number with his three birdies and an eagle in Friday’s second round. He gave shots back, however, with a trio of bogeys in the swirling Friday winds off the Atlantic Ocean. “Hopefully we can sneak some of those 10- to 20-footers in,” Glover said. “Good shots in wind like this sometimes are 20 feet. If you're going to make a bunch of birdies, you've got to make some of those.”