Silvis, Illinois – Lucas Glover fired a final round 7 inder par 64 to capture his first win in over a decade – at the John Deere Classic. The 41 year old’s last victory came at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.
The former U.S Open Champion never lost self-belief but admitted that things were hard at times, especially with a balky flatstick. After shooting 63 in round 2, his putter once again went cold in Saturday’s third round – an all too familiar story since winning at Bethpage Black in 2009. Glover entered the final round four strokes behind 54 hole leader Sebastian Munoz, but his four birdies in a row (holes 12 thru 15) vaulted him into the lead. He added another on the 17th to finish two ahead of Ryan Moore and Kevin Na for his fourth career PGA Tour victory.
“I felt some good golf coming,” he said. “I didn’t know how good. I think I did a good job of keeping the pedal down,” he said. “Push, push, push, and I think that kept me from getting complacent, kept me from getting too nervy, because I knew it was going to take a bunch more under par.”
Glover needed just 25 putts and ranked fifth in the field on Sunday – holing every putt from inside seven feet including a 6-footer on 18.
“It was a knee-knocker. I was feeling it a little bit,” he said. “The greens today were just perfect. I never lost sight of believing that I could do this and win again,” he said. “Probably the most gratifying thing is I proved to myself that I could and I proved a lot of people wrong.”