Monday, June 22, 2009
We know that the urge is to respond with, who? The answer is Lucas Glover from Greenville, South Carolina, a man with exactly one previous PGA tour victory is your 2009 U.S. Open Champion. When everyone else was fading away; Mickelson with a bogey at the 17th, the long lost David Duval, who after a birdie-birdie-birdie run to tie for the lead also bogeyed 17, and worst of all Glover's playing partner, Ricky Barnes, a former U.S. Amateur Champion who got it all the way to 11 under, before playing the final twenty-seven holes in 8 over par.
Meanwhile the small town Southerner, Glover, was as cool as the other side of the pillow. He personally witnessed Barnes meltdown, playing in the final twosome with him in the the third and fourth round, faltered with a bogey of his own on the toughest hole of the Open Championship, the 15th, then righted the ship and birdied 16. Glover closed with an every so steady Open winning par-par. Ladies and Gentlemen, Lucas Glover, who will spend the next year being announced as the U.S. Open Champion! Tiger Woods never really threatened after an opening round of four over 74, and finished in a three way tie for 6th place.