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Lucas Glover awaits his Presidents Cup fate

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It’s hard to believe it, but a major champion could find himself on the outside looking in on October 8th, when the United States takes on an International team for the Presidents Cup trophy. That player is of course Lucas Glover, currently ranked 15th in the world with a U.S. Open trophy to his name.

Fred Couples has already made it clear that Hunter Mahan would get one of his two wild card spots, and rightly so. Mahan was a catalyst on the last year’s Ryder Cup squad, as well as being a force on the tour this year. He’s more than earned the spot.

With Mahan in the fold, that leaves one spot for Presidents Cup hopefuls Glover, Brian Gay, Dustin Johnson, and Nick Watney. Now you can make a legitimate case for all of those players, but only one player is really deserving of being on the squad, and that player is Lucas Glover.

Sure, make the case for Brian Gay and his multiple tour wins; but the wins came at the Verizon Heritage and St. Jude Classic. Johnson won the rain-shortened Pebble Beach Pro-Am, while Watney won the star-studded Buick Invitational.

Out of those names, I’d guess Johnson has the best shot to make the team. He’s the only player outside of Lucas Glover to play consistent golf of late. His T-10 at the PGA Championship proved he’s still got something in the tank. Watney and Gay have fallen off the face of the earth since their last tour victories.

But to be honest, Glover is the man for the job. I consider the U.S. Open to be the toughest test in golf. And considering the grueling conditions at Bethpage and the Monday finish, I think it’s fair to say Glover’s got the mental fortitude to handle a big game situation.

The President Cup isn’t as big a deal as the Ryder Cup, but that could actually be a good thing for Glover. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. His game is consistent enough to get him in the top 10 each week. And while he didn’t make the team outright, I still think he’s a good enough player to be on a team representing the United States.

I also think he’s got an outside shot at the Ryder Cup squad next year. And if he’s going to make the team, he’ll need to have some team practice. What better way to get him that practice that to put him on a Presidents Cup squad on home soil. That way if he makes the Ryder Cup team it won’t be as big a shock when he heads across the pond to the “friendly” confines of Celtic Manor.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

08/18/2009 at 9:50 am

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