US Open Champion Lucas Glover shot a course-record yesterday at Port Royal during the Grand Slam of Golf, which featured fellow Major-winners Stewart Cink, Y.E. Yang, and Angel Cabrera. This was the first time that Glover has made any noise in a tournament since winning the US Open at Bethpage Black earlier this season.
If anyone watched the television broadcast of this event yesterday, you would have seen that Glover put on quite the putting display on his way to a 65... but also spent a LOT of time admiring the scenery of Port Royal.
At one point, while standing on the 16th tee, Glover spent about 5 minutes pointing out some kind of fish or other wildlife down a ravine to the on-course TV commentator following his group. He appeared completely flabbergasted as to what he was seeing, and simply could not take his eyes off of whatever animal he was seeing. Even prior to hitting his tee-shot on the 16th, he literally had a moment when he had to come back to reality and realize that his caddie just handed him a 5-wood for a shot that only measured 195 yards (which turned out to be the right club considering the wind, but at first Lucas was certainly elsewhere).
Prior to this tournament, Glover played at various FedEx Tournaments that featured landscapes and golf courses far less appealing to the eye.... and struggled substantially. Does this mean that the PGA player needs shiny, pretty things around him in order to succeed on the Tour?
Even during his US Open victory, Glover had to deal with rainy conditions on a course that was anything but dreary, long, and incredibly difficult. But who was his playing partner for the final round? That's right... Mr. Shiny himself, Ricky Barnes.
Today's round at Port Royal will determine if this "aesthetically-pleased" golfer's success will continue, but as long as the sun is shining and Y.E. Yang continues to wear flashy colors, Glvoer should be your winner.