CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 08: Lucas Glover (R) shakes hands with Jonathan Byrd (L) after Glover defeated him in the playoff during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Lucas Glover Wins at Quail Hollow!
Clemson alum Lucas Glover (turned pro in '02) had a jam up weekend, winning the Wells Fargo Open in Charlotte. Glover (-15) was the class of the field (carding a score in the 60's each day of the event) and clearly on his game over the four day event. Glover was able to defeat former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd is extra holes Sunday to take the event. Lucas, who has experienced some ups and downs in his personal life over the past year, showed a ton of grit after hitting a poor drive on the 72nd hole Sunday (par'ed out from the gallery).
This win seems to come out of nowhere for Glover. He missed the past three cuts and, just before the event at Harbour Town, Glover said that he would basically be working on some things in his golf swing for at least the first half of this season. I guess the work really paid off as, in addition to the sweet mountain man beard, Glover ended a winless streak dating back to the '09 US Open.
We also need to discuss Byrd's weekend. JB led going into Sunday and forced a playoff by scoring a birdie on the difficult 18th hole. We all were happy to see the former Clemson teammates duking it out for the $1 million + purse on CBS and give both of these guys mad props for being in an elite group atop professional golf.
On a personal note, I am a little PO'ed that I passed up on clubhouse passes earlier in the week and wish I had gone to Charlotte today to see this. Golf is an excellent spectator sport and probably my most favorite athletic event to capture in person.
Outside of the Clemson crew, I was a little miffed by one Padraig Harrington. This guy allegedly teed up in front of the marker. The allegation came from a spectator and forced Paddy and Phil to examine the 13th tee-box over an hour after they played the hole. I really think the PGA needs to step in and remove all of this tom foolery. Golf is the last of the gentlemen's games. The players police themselves and there are constant rules officials on the course to examine each stroke played. Golf cannot be held hostage to viewer complaints and such. Again, it is a gentlemen's game where each of the participants compete against the course and themselves. They and the officials police themselves and the game is really bigger than the player. I would like to see the PGA Tour include only players and officials in the scoring/penalty process, as this is, by design, a game of honor.