Glover doesnt let Open victory affect work plans

By Associated PressJune 24, 2009, 4:00 pm
CROMWELL, Conn. ' Nobody would have begrudged Lucas Glover a week off.
 
After all, the 29-year-old journeyman won the U.S. Open on Monday, spent Tuesday doing Regis and Letterman, and took his new trophy to the top of the Empire State building.
 
But on Wednesday, Glover was in Connecticut playing in the pro-am for this weeks Travelers Championship, which begins Thursday at the TPC River Highlands. Glover will be among 156 players competing for the $6 million purse and $1.08 million first-place check.
 
I feel thats the right thing to do, Glover said. Just because I won a golf tournament, doesnt change anything. I was committed, and Im going to honor that commitment.
 
It wasnt just a golf tournament, it was the U.S. Open. And while Glover said he had fun doing the media blitz that accompanied his instant fame, he also decided playing golf was the best way to remove himself from that whirlwind. It was advice Glover said he received from several golfers, including Zach Johnson, who did the same thing after winning the Masters in 2007.
 
Because of everything else thats hitting you, all these things that are coming at you from so many different areas, you just dont know what to expect, Johnson said. Its overwhelming. So, one of the least overwhelming experiences is getting back in the ropes.
 
Glover said he also wants to strike while his irons are still hot, hoping to use last weeks play as a springboard for the rest of the season.
 
I dont want to fizzle out after two wins or after one big win, he said.
 
Glover will be part of one of the strongest Travelers fields in recent memory, as golfers including Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, and Zach Johnson make the quick hop over Long Island Sound from Bethpage for the event.
 
But some of their focus will be on several golfers who cannot be here.
 
Phil Mickelson has begun his family vacation to be with his wife, Amy as she fights cancer, and Chris Smith, who was in supposed to be an alternate at this tournament, is dealing with last weekends auto accident that killed his wife and critically injured his two children.
 
That accident came just two weeks after a crash that led to the amputation of Connecticut-native Ken Greens lower right leg and killed his brother and girlfriend.
 
Right now, were all just giving them their space, try and let them handle it and giving them time to be with their families, said Hunter Mahan, who won here in 2007. But when some time passes, were going to do what we can to help them out and if they need anything, obviously were here and were here to help everybody. Its a tough situation to go through three tragedies like that. Its very tough.
 
There was good news Wednesday from weather forecasters, who said that after days of rain in the Northeast, skies were expected to be clear Thursday, with only a chance for an occasional thunderstorm over the weekend.
 
It will be nice not to have them roll out and have to deal with weather delays and stuff like that for a week, Mahan said.
 
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

     

     

    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.