Lucas Glover has been one of the big winners in the world of golf in 2023. He was on the verge of losing his PGA Tour card as recently as this summer. At age 43, it was conceivable that he would toil in obscurity until it was time to tee it up on the PGA Tour Champions.
The gloveless Glover wasn’t having that. He caught fire this summer, picking up back-to-back top-10s at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and John Deere Classic that set the table for consecutive wins later on at the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship.
It proved to be too little, too late for a captain’s pick on the American Ryder Cup team. Nonetheless, it has him comfortably into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking to qualify for all four majors in 2024 after playing in none in 2023.
Glover’s also into the signature events on the PGA Tour in 2024.
He’s taken some much-needed rest after his sweltering late-summer stretch. This is his first appearance since the Tour Championship.
Glover teed it up last year at the World Wide Technology Championship and took T-38th at Mayakoba.
I like how his game sets up this year at El Cardonal, which seems like it ought to reward good approach play. Glover has that in spades.
The former Clemson Tiger ranked 14th on the PGA Tour last season in Strokes Gained: Approach per round (.566). He was one of the best in the back half of the season.
He was also 29th in SG: Off-the-Tee (.787). Glover didn’t light the world on fire with his broomstick putter, but he’s no longer a liability on the greens the way he used to be.
I’m not sure what Glover’s motivation or rust levels are at this week, but if he can recreate his summer magic, there’s no reason he can’t contend against a weak field on hand in Mexico.