Lucas Glover laid-back mindset is key to success


2009 PGA ChampionshipCHASKA, Minn. ' Its a reach to say Lucas Glover forgot he was playing in a major championship Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club, but he was trying.
Just trying to play like its Tuesday, or play like Im home, or playing with my buddies, because I do play better that way, Glover said.
Glover, winner of his first major at the U.S. Open in June, put himself in good position to claim the PGA Championship as his second major with a 2-under-par 70 in the second round. He got himself in the weekend hunt, four back of 36-hole leader Tiger Woods, in a most unusual fashion given he was playing under major championship conditions.
Lucas Glover PGA Championship
Lucas Glover smiles after nailing a birdie putt at 18th during the second round of the 91st PGA Championship. (Getty Images)
Goofed off a little bit, Glover said.
Stewart Cink, winner of the British Open, says Glover has long been one of the best players on the PGA Tour on Tuesdays, in practice rounds when tournaments begin. Glovers learning to take the same frame of mind into tournament play.
Its been a conscious effort just to say, `Hey, relax, its really not that big a deal, and just go play golf, Glover said.
Glover says he has received help doing that from sports psychologist Morris Pickens, but theres no secret in their work.
Im not doing any deep breathing or anything like that, Glover said. Maybe its just not taking things so seriously, a bad shot, or a lip out, or anything like that.
Relaxing as if he were playing with buddies would seem a difficult task in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship. Glover, after all, was paired with Cink and Angel Cabrera in a grouping of the years reigning major championship winners. Every time Glover looked up, he was reminded he was in a major, but he found it easy to forget anyway.
Stewart and Angel and I play a lot together, so were pretty good buddies, Glover said. We had fun.
Part of the fun is that Glover says hes feeling no pressure to follow up his U.S. Open title by winning another major.
I dont think I have to validate anything, said Glover, whose two PGA Tour titles include the 2005 Funai Classic at Disney World. Ive been out here six years and had a pretty good career. It would just be nice to win another one. Im not looking to prove anything to anybody.
Glover, 29, outplayed his fellow major championship winners over the first two rounds. At 3 under, he is five shots better than Cabrera and Cink over the first two rounds.
With conditions growing more difficult in blustery winds Friday, Glovers ball striking wasnt as sharp statistically as it was in the first round, but he scored better. He has made 10 birdies over two days. He hit three fewer fairways and two fewer greens Friday but was a shot better on his scorecard.
Glover can still feel the momentum he got from his U.S. Open victory.
Just a sense that I could do it, Glover said. You know, pretty high pressure that week and I performed and that was very comforting. Just gives you a little bit of a confidence boost, that I performed under the gun and thats a good feeling.
In three PGA Championship starts, Glover has never finished better than a tie for 46th. Thats OK. He never made a cut at the U.S. Open (0 for 2) until he won this year.
Pretty similar mindset, Glover said of how his weekend approach will compare to when he won the U.S. Open. Just put myself in good position and see what happens.
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