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Glover's hot putter to thank for Zurich lead

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AVONDALE, La. – Last fall, Lucas Glover was cooped up at home, reading, watching TV and doing crosswords on the couch as he recovered from knee surgery.

It took about six months before he hit the ball like he knew he was capable.  

His putter, however, needed even more time, despite the best efforts of Dave Stockton Jr.

“I knew if I putted well I was close to playing well,” he said Friday. “I was hitting it as good as I can hit it. But at the same time, if you putt poorly …”

Well, then you post one top 10 in 10 starts, as Glover has in 2013.

But the 2009 U.S. Open champion said that his putting – entering this week, he ranked 182nd in the Tour’s strokes-gained statistic – had “stressed out” every aspect of his game.

Not so at the Zurich Classic, however, or at least not yet. After rounds of 65-67, Glover leads by a stroke at 12-under 132. He has carded 19 birdies through two rounds at TPC Louisiana and taken only 49 putts, including 24 in Round 2.

The best news? He is 32 of 34 on putts inside 10 feet.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever putted like I have the last two days,” he said, “so I don’t know if I can say that I’m back there, but it’s been good.”