|Lucas Glover (right) gives a hug to former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd after beating him on the first extra hole. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)|
Glover emerges with playoff victory
Former US Open champion edges Byrd at Quail Hollow
Lucas Glover had gone 41 tournaments and nearly two years since winning the US Open for his last victory. His win yesterday in the
Glover closed with three tough pars on the rugged finishing stretch at Quail Hollow for a 3-under-par 69. Then he faced a playoff with close friend and former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd, who made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72d hole to catch him.
They finished at 15-under 273.
Glover kept the tournament in suspense to the very end.
After Byrd took bogey with a poor chip from the hazard on the first extra hole, Glover had two putts from 25 feet for the win. He left the first one 4 feet short and still above the hole, then knocked that in for his third career victory.
Rory Sabbatini (65) was 13-under 131 on the weekend, wound up alone in third and will move into the top 50 of the world. Bill Haas had a 70 to finish alone in fourth. Padraig Harrington made a brief charge, and when his round was over, he was told that someone thought he had teed his ball just slightly ahead of the markers on the 13th. Harrington and Phil Mickelson went out to the tee, watched replays, and decided there was no way to determine. Harrington typically takes a penalty if he feels there is a chance he did something wrong.
But not this time.
“There’s just no way,’’ he told a rules official on the 13th.
Harrington (68) and Mickelson (69) tied for the ninth, five shots behind the leaders.
Champions — Tom Lehman won the Regions Tradition at Birmingham, Ala., for his third victory in seven tour events this year, beating Peter Senior with a par on the second hole of a playoff in the first major of the season.
Senior missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 18. Lehman two-putted from about 20 feet.
Lehman and Senior finished at 13-under 275. Lehman had a bogey-free 3-under 69, and Senior shot a 68.
Loren Roberts (65) was third at 11 under. Third-round leader Mark Calcavecchia shot a 75 to fall into a tie for fifth at 9 under.
European — Thomas Aiken earned his first tour title with a two-shot victory at the Spanish Open in Terrassa, and promptly dedicated the victory to Seve Ballesteros.
The South African shot a 2-under 70 on the El Prat course for a 10-under 278 total to edge Anders Hansen (70).
Ballesteros died Saturday from complications of a cancerous brain tumor.
Nationwide — University of Georgia senior Russell Henley became the second amateur winner on tour, shooting a 3-under 68 (12-under 272 total) for a two-stroke victory over Troy Kelly (70) in the Stadion Classic at Athens, Ga. BYU’s Daniel Summerhays won the Children’s Hospital Invitational in 2007.