FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Count John Maginnes among one of the least surprised to see both Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover atop the leaderboard through 36 holes of the U.S. Open.
The former Tour veteran, turned analyst for the PGA Tour Network on XM Radio, was paired alongside both for the first two rounds of the 2002 U.S. Open here at Bethpage Black.
“At the time they were a couple of raw kids with thunderbolt drives and abs,” Maginnes said. “What bothered me more than their lack of body fat was their unique talent.”
It was Barnes’ second Open and Glover’s first. Barnes shot 78-75 and Glover shot 74-77. Both missed the cut. Maginnes shot a first-round 79 but rebounded with 69 in the second round to make the cut and eventually tie for 59th.
“This day has been coming a long time,” Maginnes said. “It is guys like that who turned me into a broadcaster. What I remember most is they were both great kids.”
Seven years later, they’re both in contention.