Glover puts up a fight for opening 73

Lucas Glover blasts out of a bunker at the 17th.
Lucas Glover blasts out of a bunker at the 17th. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, January 30, 2011

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Normally, 2-over par rounds don’t leave PGA Tour players smiling, but they do when they come at the U.S. Open and are capped off by one of the greatest pars Lucas Glover will ever make.

“I don’t normally fist pump on Thursdays, but I did today,” Glover said after a five at the final hole gave the defending champion a 73.

Not only did Glover battle back from a bogey-bogey start to turn in even-par 36, but he recovered beautifully from a tee shot into the water at 18 to make sure he didn’t lose any more strokes.

“I felt like ‘Ferdie Pacheco’ out there,” caddie Don Cooper said. “I was the fight doctor, just sending him out there to fight. And that’s what he did, he kept fighting back.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.