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Well done Lucas Glover, world number 71

by Rogin (U12684016) 22 June 2009
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Well in the end, when the cauldron of pressure began to boil, it was world number 71 Glover who prevailed, ahead of several players ranked higher than him - proving, again, like with Michael Campbell a few years back (who was ranked about 90th before his US Open win) that there really isn't a lot of difference between the top 5 in the world, and the guys ranked in the bottom half of the top 100, on their day.

Turnberry Open Championships have tended, in the past, to produce great champions - Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Nick Price, all of whom were world number ones in the years they won - but I wonder, this year? Ranked around Glover before this event were the likes of Anders Hansen, Stuart Appleby and Francesco Molinari - will any of them "do a Glover" at Turnberry, I wonder?

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posted Jun 22, 2009

Good Luck to the bloke. He was under the BIG P & he prevailed. You can't ask more of yourself in such situations.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

I'll say his ranking will shoot right up now too. Will he be inside the Top 30 now, or even higher?

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posted Jun 22, 2009

looked like duval or phil were gonna win, shame it went to some no hopersadface

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posted Jun 22, 2009

Well done to glover and with this victory he moves up to 18th .

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posted Jun 22, 2009

I had a very small bet on Glover, well 50p e/way but got 175/1!! He led the tour in driving state i.e distance x accuracy. What I didn't expect was only 1 3-putt in 72 holes. A well-deserved winner.

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posted Jun 23, 2009

Re: blueJ2

I noticed this myself. Unfortunately I was watching without the benefit of a commentary and was a little confused. Just done a quick google and came up with this from http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/golf/blog/2009/06/following_phil_mickelson_fourt_1.html

"10:06 a.m. Playing at 375 yards on this final day, Phils hits iron off the tee and pulls it way left, beyond the third cut and into deep rough and deeper trouble. He made double here Sunday. He takes an unplayable lie and 1-stroke penalty. Takes a drop just to the left of the fairway bunker and should be able to muscle it out from there. He's long and left, but he is putting -- albeit from 35 feet and downhill. He lags back to about 5 feet just to save bogey. And bogey it is as he makes that putt. MICKELSON 1 UNDER THROUGH 6."

It seems to explain the position, I think.

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posted Jun 23, 2009

Glover played error free golf on the back nine, covering it in level par. He was solid and deserved the win in the end. It's not his fault he's not a big name, but he could be after this win.

The US Open seems to be a great leveler as there have been a few high ranked winners like Michael Campbell and Steve Jones.

Some of the marquee names like Woods, Mickleson, Duval, etc. were all up there and had their chances but it was Glover that got the job done. Taking an iron on the 18th tee with a two stroke lead was very sensible. If only Jean Van De Velde had done that in The Open a few years ago...........

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posted Jun 23, 2009

If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs... Ok, he dropped 3 shots on his final round but he'd built that cushion advantage through some great play in pretty atrocious conditions and then kept his cool under the final day pressure in an almost completely unfamiliar scenario.

Add to that his humility in victory and I think he's a very deserving US Open Champion.

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posted Jun 23, 2009

Glover basically won the open on day 3 as most of his rivals were too far back and the conditions didnt lend itself to anybody shooting a big score on the last day. Barnes collapsed as probably expected. Although fair play to glover as he had a great back nine. Had tiger got to within a shot would glover have buckled. you will never know!

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posted Jun 23, 2009

"looked like duval or phil were gonna win, shame it went to some no hoper"

That's a stupid comment. Anyone who has watched Glover play will testify that he is far from a "no-hoper". He's a highly talented all-round player, who should certainly have won more than one event before this tournament.

Surely David Duval, as much as I was pulling for him, could have been classed as a no-hoper before the event. After all, a world ranking of 882 added to the fact that he hadn't had a top ten finish in six years would give him far less hope than Lucas Glover?

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