Lucas Glover, fourth title with great comeback

A triumph that has been awaited for over a decade

by Andrea Gussoni
Lucas Glover, fourth title with great comeback

In Silvis (USA), Illinois, Lucas Glover wins the John Deere Classic golf comeback and returns to success ten years after the last time. With a partial final closed in 64 (-7) - with a bogey and 8 birdies, including five in the last six holes - the American recovered eleven positions and celebrated his fourth title (figure including a Major) on the PGA Tour.

John Deere Classic, Lucas Glover

A triumph that has been awaited for over a decade. The last feat of Glover, 41 year old from Greenville, dates back to May 2011 when he managed to make him the Wells Fargo Championship. And now the 2009 US Open champion has managed to break the fast with victory.

And he did so by overtaking fellow countrymen Ryan Moore (who earned a place to play the Open Championship) and Kevin Na (runner up for the tenth time on the PGA Tour), second with 267 (-17) ahead of Adam Schenk (for him best career result on the circuit), Luke List, Scott Brown and Sebastian Munoz (in the lead after the first and third round), all fourths with 268 (-16).

Success in the 50th edition of the John Deere Classic also brought Glover $ 1,116,000 for a total prize pool of 6,200,000. The feat arrived at the TPC Deere Run allowed the American to find the Top 100 in the world ranking, passing from 115 / a to 79 / a position.

Everyone in Norway is going crazy for Viktor Hovland. The victory at the BMW International Open transformed an afternoon of his undercover in a Norwegian club into a national and non-national media event. And so, what should have been 18 holes in relaxation with three friends have become 18 holes in relaxation with three friends and three hundred fans on the green.

Power of golf and power of the Internet. The 23-year-old is one of the young rampants of the international circuit, in constant growth and with one foot already in history. The number 14 in the world ranking has two titles on the bulletin board on the PGA Tour (the first Norwegian to impose itself in the USA, in the Puerto Rico Open 2020 and in the Mayakoba Classic 2020).

As if that weren't enough, at the end of June he was the first Norwegian to win a race on the European Tour. The success at the BMW International Open came at the end of June on the Munich Eichenried course: Hovland won with two strokes off Martin Kaymer and four Jorge Campillo.

Returning to his homeland after the success, Viktor had opted for a sabbatical week. No contact with the professional golf world: no interviews, no appearances and no interventions via Zoom. In the Oslo player’s plans, the will to regenerate on a mental level ahead of next week’s Open Championship.

His program includes a lot of golf but in great secrecy, including eighteen holes with three friends at Larvik Golfklubb, a club two hours' drive from Oslo. The chosen playmates were Andreas Halvorsen (professional on the Latin American tour), Kevin André Wright (pro and former Norwegian champion) and former footballer John Arne Riise.

So far so good. None of the four, however, had calculated Golfbox, the Norwegian gesgolf, the site where tee times are booked. A member of the Larvik Golfklubb, looking for a time to his liking, came across the name “Viktor Hovland h.16.00” and couldn't believe his eyes.

He immediately photographed the page to turn it on a Facebook group. Once socialized, you know, the photo has no limits. So at 4pm one day last week, three hundred Hovland fans showed up in Larvik to meet him. However, the "leak" did not scare the 23-year-old who, between a selfie and an autograph, played accompanied by his audience.

Lucas Glover