Lucas Glover Wins U.S. Open
On June 22nd an unassuming Lucas Glover accepted his trophy as the 109th Champion of the U.S. Open tournament stating humbly that, “…something was on my side this week.”
Although, Glover played seamlessly throughout the entire tournament and never lost the lead over the last 12 holes, it seems Glover was not the Champion the people were looking for. With the spotlight locked on other golfers such as Phil Mickelson and what the sports media have called a less than ‘compelling’ storyline; it seems that Glover’s win of the 109th U.S. Open was a bit of a disappointment to golf fans and, of course, his fellow competitors. A stoic Ricky Barnes, who finished tied for second with Mickelson and Duval, looked on as Glover accepted his trophy and tipped his hat to Barnes’s performance during the tournament. A disoriented and disillusioned Mickelson announced that he will likely not attend the British Open and is not certain about when he will return to golf.
However, after sealing the tournament with a lackluster three-foot par putt on the 18th hole, Glover slowed down to bask in his win and reflect on his performance over the duration of a very delayed and somewhat dreary tournament. A true Southern gentlemen, Glover humbly commented on what everyone must have been thinking, but not saying about Glover’s name appearing next to greats such as Tiger Woods on the trophy.
“I hope I don’t downgrade it or anything with my name on there.”
Although a somewhat anti-climatic win, Glover played a clean and consistent game which was necessary under less than favourable conditions. For a tournament that was plagued by constant rain, Glover’s resilience under such circumstances is worthy of much praise and also the U.S. Open’s ultimate prize. As a NBC sports correspondent so eloquently summarized Glover’s game during his interview with the champion: “Alls well that ends well.”
You can read more about the highlights of the U.S. Open tournament by searching for the definitive article by the Canadian Press written on June 23, 2009 titled: Glover Wins U.S. Open; Weir and Ames tied for 10th.