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Lucas Glover

Oct. 31, 2005
Oct. 31, 2005

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Lucas Glover

At the Funai Classic, one of the Tour's young guns birdied the last two holes to get his first win

SI: You sank a 35-yard bunker shot for the victory. Lucky shot?

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LG: You always hope for good stuff to happen in situations like that. Instead of good, I got great.

SI: If it's a different sport, what's the analogy?

LG: If we're playing basketball, that's sinking one from half-court with two seconds left.

SI: Tell me about your relationship with Jay Haas.

LG: Growing up near Jay [in Greenville, S.C.], I always looked up to him. He's a pretty good guy to emulate. He never says, "All right, I'm going to give you some advice...." I watch what he does and take that as advice. He's been a great friend and a great role model. If you were going to pick somebody to be like, he'd be the guy.

SI: Didn't he lead you to your longtime swing coach?

LG: When I was 12, my grandfather went to Jay and said, "I can't teach him any more than I have already. What do I do now?" Jay brought us to Dick Harmon.

SI: Your former Clemson teammates, Jonathan Byrd, D.J. Trahan and Charles Warren, play on Tour. Byrd's won twice, but are there any bragging rights for being the second to win?

LG: Bragging? I'm not like that. I'll be walking around all sheepish next week, like I always do. [Pulls out his phone.] All of them have called already.

SI: You're not married yet and don't have any kids. Guys like you aren't supposed to win at Disney, are they?

LG: I probably had a little bit more time to rest between rounds than the other guys did--kind of an unfair advantage.

SI: Your best chance to win this year had been at the BellSouth. What happened there?

LG: I needed a birdie on the [par-5] 72nd hole and blew it. I hit it in the water, then hit it in the water again. I made a 7 and finished 10th. It felt as bad as this feels good. I needed some alone time that night.

SI: You go to this week's Chrysler Championship 28th on the money list. Looks as if you'll get into the Tour Championship lying down.

LG: I'm not doing that. I'm not going to take that chance. As hard as I tried today, I'm going to try every day next week.

SI: Tom Pernice says he always kids you about being a redneck, yet you don't drive a pickup, hunt or fish.

LG: Oh, I fish, and I talk like a redneck. But I don't own any camo.

KEY STAT 5

Pros, including Ryan Moore, who have earned a Tour card through exemptions since 1980.

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Glover's hole-out at 18 gave him a one-shot victory.
PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON