Glover, match begins but he stays in the hotel

He roughly checks his starting time, only to be reminded a minute before the race's start while he's still at the hotel, thus being compelled to withdraw from the Phoenix Open

by Andrea Gussoni
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Glover, match begins but he stays in the hotel
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He roughly checks his starting time, only to be reminded a minute before the race's start while he's still at the hotel, thus being compelled to withdraw from the Phoenix Open. This is the predicament Lucas Glover found himself in Arizona, where the PGA Tour tournament is underway until Sunday.

Glover, statements

"I'm berating myself for it, but at the same time, I can't help but laugh at what transpired. I simply misinterpreted the communications I received," explained Glover. Ranked 32nd in the world, the 44-year-old from Greenville, South Carolina, has competed in 520 races on the PGA Tour throughout his career, clinching six victories.

However, never before, in his 23 years of professionalism, had he been forced to miss a tournament for such reasons. Glover hails from Greenville, South Carolina, born to Ron Musselman and Hershey Hendley, the daughter of former professional football player Dick Hendley.

His parents parted ways in 1981 when Lucas was two years old, finalizing their divorce the following year. Musselman, a former major league baseball player from 1982 to 1985, faced challenges with child support payments after his baseball career concluded, leading to a period of over six months without contact with his son.

Legal proceedings in 1992 resulted in Musselman losing parental rights, including visitation with Lucas until he reached adulthood at 18. Meanwhile, Hendley remarried Jim Glover, whom Lucas now acknowledges as his father. Introduced to golf at the tender age of three by his grandfather, Dick Hendley, Lucas Glover's talent blossomed quickly.

By his teenage years, he had garnered three-time High School All-American honors at Wade Hampton High School. Claiming victory in the South Carolina State High School championship during his freshman and sophomore years, Glover finished as the runner-up in his junior and senior years while consistently earning All-State recognition.

Glover pursued higher education at Clemson University from 1998 to 2001, where he became a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Excelling in collegiate golf, he earned first-team All-American honors in 2000 and 2001, with an honorable mention in 1999.

Additionally, Glover represented the United States in the 2001 Walker Cup team and the 1999 USA vs. Japan Cup Team. His college career boasted three tournament victories, including triumphs at the South Carolina Amateur Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000, as well as a victory at the Sunnehanna Amateur in 2001.

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