Notes Letterman welcomes champ Bethpage banter


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' The most hectic time for any major champion ' except for Tiger Woods, who has done this 14 times ' are the two days after winning, and Lucas Glover is no exception.
He was atop the Empire State Building (104th floor, not the antenna) on Tuesday, and had an appearance planned with David Letterman. There were a number of TV appearances during his whirlwind stop through the Big Apple.
Glover, however, will stay even busier inside the ropes.
He had planned to play this week at the Travelers Championship, and winning the U.S. Open over five days was not going to change that. Tournament officials asked if he would play in the pro-am Wednesday, and Glover wouldnt even back out of that.
That would give me a break on Tuesday, and theyre doing everything they can to bring me there, he said. I like the tournament, I like the course and Im playing well. Why not play there?
He also will stick with the AT&T National at Congressional next week, mainly because thats one of our biggest sponsors.
A week off after that? Nope.
Ive been playing the John Deere Classic since my rookie season, and Clair has been very good to me, he said, referring to tournament director Clair Peterson.
As for the following week? Glover grinned.
I think this gets me in the British Open, he said, which follows the John Deere Classic.
That would be five straight weeks, starting with his U.S. Open victory. Maybe by then, hell have come down from the clouds.

BETHPAGE BANTER: Every player seemed to have stories of comments they heard from the New York gallery during the U.S. Open, and most of them could not be repeated.
Rory McIlroy still couldnt believe what he saw Saturday evening before starting the third round.
He was on the 10th tee with Anthony Kim, the gallery chanting and shouting. Kim teed off, and the USGA official announced McIlroy.
They started chanting, Rory, Rory, Rory, Rory, so I cant tee off for about five minutes, he said. While I am waiting, I see this guy out of the right corner of my eye. He walks about 5 yards, throws up because he has had so much to drink, and then he runs back to the ropes and starts shouting again. Now that is a loyal supporter.

LOW SCORES: Bethpage Black surely was not the beast it was in 2002, not with so much rain on a course that already was saturated. Some of the highlights will come in handy for those wanting an immediate change in grooves next year, with balls spinning back on shots from the deep rough to soft greens.
The tally at the end of four rounds over five days: 60 rounds in the 60s, the third-most in the U.S. Open.
The leader remains Olympia Fields in 2003, where rain pounded the course south of Chicago all week and it didnt get firm until the final round, when Jim Furyk shot 72 and still tied the U.S. Open scoring record at 272. There were 83 rounds in the 60s that week.
Next is 76 rounds in the 60s at Baltusrol in 1993, where Lee Janzen also tied the 72-hole scoring record.

DIVOTS: Tiger Woods is tournament host of the AT&T National next week at Congressional, which is Washington Redskins territory. Yet he will be playing the pro-am Wednesday with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Other sports figures in the pro-am are Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, receiver Antwaan Randle El and Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. Ron Green Sr. has been selected to receive the Memorial Golf Journalism Award for 2010. Green, a columnist for The Charlotte Observer, has covered the Masters for the last 53 years and has written a book, Shouting at Amen Corner. He previously was honored by the PGA of America with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Attendance for the U.S. Open was 277,534 over five days in the rain, about 10,000 fewer than in 2002. That ranks fourth all-time behind 2005 (Pinehurst No. 2), 2008 (Torrey Pines) and 2002 (Bethpage Black).

STAT OF THE WEEK: Phil Mickelson and Ross Fisher are the only players to finish under par in both majors this year.

FINAL WORD: I also got the horrible end of the draw last year at Royal Birkdale. But (Padraig) Harrington played in the group behind me, and he won the British Open. ' Geoff Ogilvy on players complaining about getting the worst of the weather at Bethpage Black.
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