Lucas Glover, USA

With a career spanning more than a decade, US professional golfer Lucas Glover has managed to achieve what many of his fellow athletes will only dream of, which is taking the crown in a major championship.

Since 2001, the 32-year-old has enjoyed two wins on the PGA Tour, as well as his most notable victory at the 2009 US Open, where he took the crown over his world-famous compatriot, Phil Mickelson.

During the tournament, Glover managed to steady his nerves for a three-foot par on the 18th hole to seal the triumph following five days that were filled with more delays than action.

Achieving the feat without losing the lead over the final 12 holes, the talented professional closed with a three-over score of 73 for a two-shot victory, but the tournament will likely be remembered more for the week than the victor.

"I just looked at the scoreboard to make sure this was really happening," Glover said.
The stage had originally belonged to Mickelson who charged to a share of the lead with a startling bid before taking time out as his wife battled breast cancer, but he missed two par putts over the last four holes and finished second for the fifth time in the US national championship.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1979, Glover was a three-time High School All-American at Wade Hampton High School and also won the South Carolina State High School championship as a freshman and sophomore.

During his time at Clemson University - which he attended between 1998 and 2001 - he was named first-team All-American in 2000, as well as an honourable mention All-American in 1999.

Glover was also a member of the 2001 US Walker Cup team and the 1999 US versus Japan Cup Team, while winning three college tournaments and the South Carolina Amateur in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

After turning professional in 2001, the talented golfer joined the Nationwide Tour the following year, making seven of 12 cuts while recording two top-ten finishes and five top-25 finishes during his rookie season.

His first victory on the PGA Tour came at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2005 in dramatic fashion. During the event, he holed a 35-yard bunker shot on the 18th hole for a birdie to avoid a play-off round with Tom Pernice Jr.
More recently, Glover experienced a further blow following a difficult few months by failing to make an impact at this year's US Open at the Olympic Club after a three-over-par score of 73 during the second round - coupled with a 76 on the first day - was not enough to progress.

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