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Plenty of love for Glover

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Lucas Glover has an advocate in his bid to make the U.S. Presidents Cup team, though he probably doesn’t need it.

With his U.S. Open title, and his fifth-place finish at the PGA Championship, Glover didn’t secure one of the 10 automatic roster spots off the points list, but he’s the frontrunner to be one of Fred Couples’ two captain’s picks. Glover moved to 11th on the American points list with his strong finish at Hazeltine National. Couples has already identified Hunter Mahan, 13th in points, as one of his captain’s picks. Couples is looking at Brian Gay, 12th in points, as the primary challenger to Glover for the other captain’s pick.

Couples said Sunday that he recently spent an hour on the telephone with assistant captain Jay Haas, who, like Glover, hails from Greenville, S.C.

“I think 50 minutes of our conversation was about Lucas,” Couples said.

Couples made it clear he’s still looking at Gay, though he says Gay will have to play really well over the next three weeks to overtake Glover.

“Brian Gay is very deserving,” Couples said.

Glover is in the field at the Wyndham Championship this week, Gay, who’s nursing a strained back, is not.

Interestingly, Glover and Gay face each other on pages 2-72 and 2-73 of the PGA Tour media guide.

Couples believes Phil Mickelson will play the Presidents Cup Oct. 8-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco, though Mickelson said it will depend on his wife, Amy, and her treatments for breast cancer. Should Mickelson not be able to play, Couples would get an extra captain’s pick to replace Mickelson, according to PGA Tour officials.