SANDWICH, England – At Royal St. George’s, and generally all of the British Open rotation of links courses, the fine line between an average swing and a bad bounce is virtually undetectable.
It’s a life lesson sort of thing for tour types, and a truth that Lucas Glover has arrived at, however deliberately.
“I’d get mad if (a golf ball) rolled into a bunker or bounced off the green when I hit an average shot,” said Glover following his second-round 70 at St. George’s that lifted him into a tie for the lead. “But if you don’t hit the shot here you’re supposed to you get penalized.”
Glover’s even-par card followed an opening 66, his lowest back-to-back rounds in the Open by six strokes. It’s also the former U.S. Open champion’s best start at an event where he’s never finished inside the top 25.
Glover attributed his good play to a slight swing change last week at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort with coach Mike Taylor. According to Taylor the two have been “working on getting some lag back on the downswing and at impact.” The fresh mental approach to links golf, however, may be a byproduct of his roommate this week.
He’s sharing a house this week in Sandwich with Davis Love III, who is playing his 25th Open. When asked who was doing the ironing Glover referenced his winkle-free golf attire. When informed he’d be the first player since the 1890s to win the Open with a beard he was asked about the possibility of wearing the traditional “plus-four” pants?
“No, you’ve got to iron those,” he smiled slyly.