SANDWICH, England – Lucas Glover loves links golf, it’s just that the ancient game hasn’t always returned his affection.
In five Open Championships he’s never finished better than 27th and has missed the cut twice, which makes Thursday’s 66 at Royal St. George’s something of a pleasant suprise. Glover’s six-birdie, two-bogey day along England’s south coast left him a stroke off the lead held by Thomas Bjorn and the day’s low American.
“I really do like it,” said Glover, who birdied the turn (Nos. 9-10) and the last three holes. “It just hasn’t worked out like I’d like. At Birkdale (2008 Open) I had the wrong side of the draw and shot 78 and it felt like I shot 68.”
At Royal St. George’s, Glover – and the rest of the afternoon wave – won the “draw” lottery, with the fierce winds that have whipped the course for two days going silent and the morning forecast looking equally favorable.
“For me it’s big because I can hit more shots,” he said of the benign afternoon conditions. “The more control we have of the ball the more confident we feel.”