2023 BMW Championship: Top 10 power rankings at Olympia Fields

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What a turn of events for Lucas Glover. Through the first half or so of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, Glover was on pace to lose his card for next season. Not just miss the playoffs, but the top 125 in total.

At age 43, this was plenty understandable. He could still strike the ball well, but his short game and putting made fans turn away in horror.

The switch to the broomstick putter has paid big dividends. He began to play well this summer with three straight top-six finishes in July.

That set the stage for his first win in two years at the Wyndham Championship. He needed that to get into the FedEx St. Jude Championship and came up clutch.

It’s hard to win twice in a season, let alone in consecutive weeks. That’s what the former Clemson Tiger pulled off last week in Memphis.

Rounds of 66-64-66-69 got him into a playoff with Patrick Cantlay. A par on the par-4 18th first playoff hole was enough for Glover to pull off the repeat.

His previous high finishes this summer came against weak fields. This was against the PGA Tour’s best.

He now arrives to Olympia Fields for the first time. A lack of course familiarity can be compensated for with his elite iron play.

Glover leads the PGA Tour in average approach proximity (32’8”) and is second in proximity from the fairway (29’2”). His putting still ranks 160th in strokes gained per round (-.334), but he was 12th in the field last week (.76).

Glover was actually subpar by his standards striking the ball, so gaining ground on the greens shows he’s having a renaissance with the flat stick.

I’d be a little wary of riding with a man who’s played a lot of high-stakes golf lately, but it’s hard to ignore the heater this man is on.