Glover brings his major game to Banff Skins

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The latest instalment of the Telus World Skins Game features five big names.

But only one major champion.

That distinction belongs to Lucas Glover, the silky-smooth swinger from South Carolina who etched his name in the history books at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

"It's over two years ago now, so you can get forgotten pretty easily unless you win another one," Glover said. "But it's one of those things they can't ever take from me. I still can get congratulated for it, so it's an honour and very gratifying to be able to call myself that and have people call me that.

"They can't take it from me. No matter what, my name will be on that trophy, so that's pretty cool."

Glover is among the headliners for the 2011 Telus World Skins Game at Fairmont Banff Springs, joining Stephen Ames, Paul Casey, Anthony Kim and Jhonattan Vegas for the two-day event that tees off Monday afternoon (12:30 p.m.).

The last time Stanley's Thompson's picturesque setup in Banff National Park served as the site of the skins game, the five-man lineup -- Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, John Daly, Sergio Garcia and Ames -- had combined for 22 major championships.

The difference with the latest instalment of the event is all of these guys are still hunting birdies on the PGA Tour -- and Glover arrives in Banff playing better than any of the others.

The 31-year-old celebrated his third PGA Tour triumph in May at the Wells Fargo Championship and has already banked about US$1.5-million in earnings this season.

He was the only Telus World Skins Game participant to survive the cut at the RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, although he struggled in Sunday's final round, posting a 5-over 75 that left him with a four-day total of 7-over 287.

Not long after signing his scorecard, he had already turned his attention to the two-day working vacation in the Rocky Mountains.

"I've heard Banff is beautiful," Glover said. "I've never been, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it. I've heard the hotel is fantastic, the golf course is very scenic and beautiful, so I'm excited. I'll be looking forward to forgetting (Sunday)."

The skins game format usually results in a barrage of birdies.

Past editions of the made-for-TV event have also featured hilarious one-liners, and Glover doesn't expect the five Nike-sponsored golfers in this year's field will disappoint in that category, either.

"They've assembled quite a group," Glover said. "Stephen is always quick with the needle, so that'll be fun. A.K. takes it and dishes it out well, and Paul is very quick-witted, so it will be a good time.

"I think the five of us will just hang out and relax and enjoy it, and I think you'll see some good golf just because of that alone."

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