Lucas Glover’s Day at the MastersIt was a day of “What could have been,” for former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover on Thursday at the first round of the 77th Masters. You could look at his round so many ways, but in the end he had a round of 74, two shots short of even par, which has a good chance to be the cutline after 36 holes on Friday. He stands in a tie for 56th after the first round. Had he made par on the last two holes he would be in 34th place. That is how competitive the 93-player field is.
The Masters cut is the top 50 and ties, or anyone within 10 shots of the lead after 36 holes. Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman are the leaders at six under par after the first round.
Glover was between even par and two-over par the entire day. He made the turn at two over par 38, then made three birdies between the 11th and 15th holes to get back to even par for the day. He was still even as he stood on the 17th tee, but made bogey on the last two holes to finish at 74.
There were many positives and some negatives for Glover in the first round…The Positive:
Friday a New DayWith what I saw Glover can come back strong on Friday and make the cut. A two-under-par round would probably do it. And, he will have an early tee time, 9:17 AM when an overnight rain could make the course a little softer and allow him to direct shots at the pin in an aggressive nature that fits his game. The winds should be much more calm early in the day.
Glover’s career best round at the Masters is 71 and he has achieved that score four times. Three of the four have come in the second round. Three of the last four times he has played the Masters he has improved by at least three shots from the first round to the second round. That includes 2010 when he went from 76 in the first round to 71 in the second round and made the cut.
Glover by the NumbersTwo – Longest putt in feet that Glover made on his first nine holes. He gave himself many chance for birdies on the front side with outstanding ball striking, but could not drop a putt. He had exactly two putts on each of the holes on the front side.Six – Today was the first round of Glover’s sixth Masters. He has now participated in more Masters than any other former Clemson golfer. Jonathan Byrd had also played in five Masters prior to today.20 – Glover’s top finish at the Masters when he shot 298 in 2007 thanks to rounds of 74-71-79-74.27 – This is Glover’s 27th career Major Championship. He has made the cut 12 of his previous 26. Glover has the best finish by a former Clemson golfer at the US Open (first in 2009), the PGA (fifth in 2009) and the British Open (12th in 2011). Jonathan Byrd has the best finish by a former Tiger at the Masters, eighth place in 2003, his first Masters.100 – His fourth and final birdie of the day on the par five 15th hole was the 100th of the young season for Glover. He hit his second shot pin high just off the green 20 feet from the hole. He got up and down when he made a four foot putt for par.240 – Distance of the par three fourth hole. And it was playing as far as it could as the tee box was in the back of the tee area and the hole was on the top shelf back left. Glover reached the green with a three-iron. My goodness, and he had to hit his shot into a left to right wind.308 – The distance of Glover’s drive on the par four 505-yard 11th hole. He put it in the fairway, then hit his second shot to within 15 feet right of the hole (correct side). He made the putt for a birdie, one of just eight birdies on that hole all day.
Glover’s GalleryI ran into some former Clemson athletes following Glover over the course of the day on Thursday.
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