Glover to Compete in First Masters
Clemson, SC-Former Clemson golfer Lucas Glover will compete in the
2006 Masters, which begins on Thursday in Augusta, GA. It will
mark the fifth time in the last six years that a golfer with Clemson ties will compete in the event. Glover is the first former Tiger to compete in the Masters since Jonathan Byrd, who played in
2003 and 2004.
Glover will be in the first group to tee off on Thursday. He has an 8:00 AM tee time and is paired with Rod Pampling and Olin
Browne. The same group has a 10:56 AM start on Friday. All tee
times start from the first tee at the Masters unless poor weather conditions force a change in schedule.
Glover earned an invitation to the Masters by virtue of his top 40 finish on the PGA Tour money list in 2005. The native of Greenville, SC finished 30th last year when he made over $2 million.
So far this year, Glover is 22nd on the money list with $909,374. He has already had four top 10 finishes in nine events, and he ranks third on the PGA Tour in top 10 finishes. He is also 22nd in scoring average at 70.45 and eighth in birdies per round with 130 in his 29 rounds. His top finish this year was a fourth place at the Buick Invitational.
This will be Glover's third PGA Tour Major. He also played in the 2002 USA Open and the 2005 PGA. He missed the cut at both
events. When he plays in the Masters he will become just the
fourth former Tiger to play in the Masters, PGA and US Opens over his career. No former Clemson golfer has played in all four Majors.
Glover was a three-time All-American at Clemson, including a first-team selection in 2000 and 2001. He won three tournaments during his career and was a three-time South Carolina Amateur
champion. He helped Clemson to a number-two NCAA finish as a
freshman and as a senior.
Overall, Glover will be the ninth different golfer with ties to Clemson to play in the Masters. Dillard Pruitt and Jonathan Byrd have both played in the tournament twice. D.J. Trahan played in the
2001 Masters after winning the 2000 United States Public Links Championship. In 2002, former Clemson golfer Michael Hoey competed after winning the 2001 British Amateur.
Four former Tigers have made the cut at the Masters. Chris Patton finished 39th, the low amateur in 1990, Dillard Pruitt, now an official with the PGA Tour, was 13th in 1992, Clarence Rose was 43rd in 1997 and Jonathan Byrd had the top finish among former Tigers with an eighth-place finish in 2003.
Pruitt had a 68 in the second round in the 1992 Masters and a 69 in the final round that same year for the top two rounds for a former Tiger at the Masters. His 282 score is also the top tournament by a former Clemson golfer. Byrd finished eighth at the 2003 Masters, the only top 10 by a former Tiger in any Major.
Parker Moore, who was the US Amateur runner up in 1976, was the first golfer with Clemson ties to play in the Masters. He made the field in 1977 and shot a pair of 76s. Patton and D.J. Trahan are the only Tiger golfers to play in the Masters while they were still members of the Clemson golf team.
Golfers with Clemson Ties who have played in the Masters
Name CU Yr. Masters Scores Finish
Parker Moore 1972-76 1977 76-76 152 missed cut
Chris Patton 1986-90 1990 71-73-74-78 296 (39)
Dillard Pruitt 1980-84 1992 75-68-70-69 282 (13)
1993 76-75 151 missed cut
Danny Ellis 1989-93 1994 74-78 152 missed cut
Clarence Rose 1978-80 1997 73-75-79-74 301 (43)
D.J. Trahan 1999-04 2001 75-78 153 missed cut
Michael Hoey 1998-99 2002 75-73 148 missed cut
Jonathan Byrd 1997-00 2003 74-71-71-72 288 (8)
2004 79-74 153 missed Cut