Lucas Glover received an ovation as he walked up the hill to the 18th green, not so much for his play but for actually making it up the hill. Moments earlier, Glover had injured his right knee so severely during a swing that he fell hard and remained on the ground as emergency medical technicians tended to him.
“I just kind of laid down like a sack of potatoes. I didn’t know whether to move it or not,” he said after having allowed a group to play through and gamely salvaging a bogey. There was no way he was not going to finish the hole. “The first couple of guys put me on a stretcher and I laughed at them.”
Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion at Bethpage Black, was examined and treated in the PGA Tour’s player performance trailer. He was told he sustained no tear, only inflammation and a mild strain of his patellar tendon and expects to play Sunday. He is fortunate that he travels with a therapy machine.
“I’ve had a bad left knee, too, so I use it for that, honestly,” he said.
Former Storm golfer Keenga is seventh
Bradley Keegan Bradley moved into seventh place at 6 under with a 4-under-par 66 on a course he has sort of played before. He came to Glen Oaks Club several times when he was on the St. John’s golf team, but it was not the composite layout that it is now. “I played it before they took all the trees down. I don’t really remember many of the holes,” he said.
But just being here reminds him vividly that this was his launchpad onto the pro tour. During and after college, he had a job in the bag room at Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston. Some members saw his talent and encouraged him to work on his game there. Now, here he is. “I get a lot of `Go St. John’s!’ and there are some Wheatley Hills members [in the gallery],” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”