Glover finally feels love

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

BANFF, Alta. — On the first tee of the beautiful back nine of the Fairmont Banff Springs course, golf reporter and TSN host Bob Weeks asked Lucas Glover what he has to do to get back on the board at the Telus World Skins game.

“Back on?” quipped Glover, who didn’t have a single skin to his name after the first day of action. “I need to birdie the holes the others don’t, I guess.”

It took him until the last hole of the day to better his PGA brethren, but even then a birdie wasn’t good enough.

With a 30-ft. putt on the 18th green, Glover drained a long eagle putt to finally get the best of fellow skins-seekers Stephen Ames, Lucas Glover, Anthony Kim and Jhonattan Vegas, and the bearded one picked up five skins and a cool $125,000 Tuesday afternoon.

It wasn’t good enough to claim top spot — Venezuelan Vegas took that title with seven skins and $140,000 to his name after the two-day charity event — but it saved Glover from being shut out.

“A little lucky,” Glover said. “(The putt) was bouncing. We all had a few good ones.

I guess I got the last break.”

To that point, the highlight of the Greenville, S.C., golfer’s weekend might have been posing with a couple of guys with beards as full as his own who came to the Banff Springs dressed as Santa and an elf.

Considering the company, you’d expect plenty of jokes for both that photo op and the fact he was struggling to make a key putt.

“A little bit this morning — not so much out there (on the course),” Glover said when asked what kind of ribbing he was taking.

“It wasn’t about me this week, or these two days, and I can’t stress that enough. Whether I won (that skin) or not, the charity was still gonna get that money.

“It made for good banter and good fun. I’m sure I would have got some flak there for a while (if I missed on No. 18). But that’s OK.”

Charity was indeed the big winner. On the 18th green, Telus presented the Alberta Cancer Foundation with a cheque for $375,000.

Adding $64,840 to the pot were the golf-related contributions — nine birdies on Day 2 handed $18,000 to the foundation. At $5 per yard driven on the 180-yard par-3 hole, that racked up $8,095 more. Glover’s eagle on the final hole contributed $3,000 — and he could have added more. One near-miss came on No. 14, with the 31-year-old lipping out his putt.

“That one hurt my feelings just a little,” Glover said.

Casey lipped out as well on the par-3 No. 13, handing $85,000 worth of skins to Vegas, but the Brit was equally content with the massive amount of dollars shelled out for a good cause.

“The main reason for these events is, as Lucas said, for a bigger cause. The reason for this is charity,” said Casey. “For us, though, selfishly, they are good fun. I got to share a good couple of days with four mates of mine, and now we’ve got a few more stories to tell and share and laugh about in the future. There’s a bigger picture — a greater cause — but we enjoyed it.”


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