If you told Lucas Glover in May that he’d be playing the Tour Championship, he might have called you crazy. I would’ve at least called you that.
There was no reason to believe a 43-year-old who was floundering outside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings would get his putter squared away and contend again.
His new broomstick putter is far from elite, but Glover is no longer lost on the greens. He’s rolled in timely putts lately that have paired with his usual excellent ball striking to win in back-to-back weeks at the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship.
Glover came back to earth a bit last week at the BMW Championship, but he still played well enough to grind out four rounds of par or better (70-67-69-70) to finish T-22nd.
Had he been completely drained after a hot weekend before in Memphis and finished DFL, his chances at winning the FedEx Cup likely would have been over. Instead, Glover is still in the mix to win a life-changing $18 million.
This will be the former Clemson Tiger’s fifth Tour Championship appearance and second since 2019. Glover owns a pair of top-10s at East Lake in 2006 (T-8th) and 2009 (T-10th).
He’s up for debate for a captain’s pick on the American Ryder Cup team. This is a big week for him with plenty of incentive to post a good finish.
Glover has been an elite player this season, particularly over the last couple of months. He’s 13th in strokes gained per round approaching the green (.601) and is first in average approach proximity from the fairway (32’5”).
While he doesn’t have youth on his side compared to the rest of the field, this Southern boy has proven he can handle the extreme heat on tap for Atlanta this week.