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PGA TOUR What It Means: May 8, 2011 — Quail Hollow

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On May 8 2011 @ 10:04 pm In PGA | No Comments

A lot of things happened in golf this week, so lets get right to it in this week’s What It Means:

1) Lucas Glover won for the first time since his 2009 U.S. Open victory today at the Wells Fargo Championship. Glover showed great resilience, recovering from a bogey on 14 after hitting it in the water with a birdie on 15 and then a miraculous par on 18 after hitting it way left off the tee and needing to make a clutch 15 footer or so for par. Then, in the playoff, he converted a ticklish downhill putt for the victory, which isn’t easy to do with all the pressure on you.

I don’t know what to make of this victory, to be honest. He had shown very little signs of form until this week and seems to have gotten lost in the midst of the youth and international movements of the last two years. If you’re a Glover fan, however, a win is certainly better than what preceded it.

2) Jonathan Byrd is going to contend again and again. Byrd was looking for his third straight win in a playoff today and got into it with a gutsy birdie on Quail Hollow’s difficult 18th. While he didn’t pull out the victory — an errant second shot led to bogey — he has put his name up on a board in a higher echelon event, and that should be fair warning to all — he can contend in any tournament the rest of the way in 2011.

3) The golf world lost Seve Ballesteros on Saturday. As a fan who’s the same age as the Rickie’s and the Rory’s of this generation, my knowledge of Seve has come from my hours of watching various programs on Golf Channel that featured his style, ingenuity, flair, and his major championship victories. He could recover from anywhere, and I think to a weekend hacker like myself and so many of the readers out there he teaches all of us an important lesson: just because your golf ball has gotten off line, it doesn’t mean you can’t get it back into play and make good from it. It may take the outer reaches of your creative mind to do it, but it can be done. Just practice. A lot.

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