Welcome Back to the Leaderboard, Lucas Glover!
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Remember me? I won the US Open at Bethpage Black two years ago.

Lucas Glover, who missed the last three cuts, was simply happy that he wasn’t driving home on Friday evening. He shot a bogey-free three-under 69 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship to stay in contention going into Sunday. The Clemson grad drew attention to himself at the beginning of the season when he showed up for the new year sporting a heavy beard. Which makes him look more like a mountain man and nearly unrecognizable from the clean-cut pro golfer who hoisted the ’09 US Open trophy at Bethpage Black.

Glover grew out the beard in the off-season out of boredom and decided he liked it. Though he doesn’t have plans to shave it, he may eventually for one of two reasons.

“I guess when it either gets too hot or when I get more than 120 comments from men,” he said on Friday. “That’s a little disturbing.”

Glover will be looking for his first top-ten in 2011 — perhaps even a win. His best finish was T20 at the Transitions Championship in March. He hasn’t been seriously in the mix since last year at the Wyndham Championship where he finished seventh.

While he was happy with his play on Saturday, he would have liked for a few more putts to drop. Sticking his approach to seven feet on the 18th, Glover misread the birdie putt, expecting it to break more, but it never moved. He shook his head in disappointment and tapped in for a stress-free par.

“There were some putts I could have been more aggressive with, but I wasn’t,” said Glover. “I’d like to have that one back on the last, but I played well, like I said, no bogeys out there. I’m around here on the weekend, so I’m fine with that.

“I left a few out there with the putter, I just wasn’t aggressive enough, I kind of over-respected some downhillers that I felt like I could have made. I’m pleased with my game and I’d like to hit a few more fairways and give myself a little more opportunities, but I’m very pleased.”

Glover, who has been going through a divorce, knows he has to get off to a hot start to catch leader Jonathan Byrd, who posted a five-under 67 today. He has to make up three strokes, which isn’t out of the question.

Overall, Glover is pleased with his game this week, barring one aspect.

“I’ll be honest, I’m driving it like a woman,” he said with a straight face. “But I’ve been fortunate with some of my misses, some good breaks, some good escape shots. Number one for me is always putting, and then through two rounds, I was putting beautiful, and I didn’t putt bad today, just didn’t make as many. I’m giving myself plenty of opportunities, I’ve just got to cash some in tomorrow and get off to a good start.”

(AP Photo/Nell Redmond)