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The Punter's De-Brief: Gutsy Glover makes it back-to-back wins at St Jude

Golfer Lucas Glover
Lucas Glover with his latest trophy

Just one week after winning his fifth PGA Tour title in 15 years, Lucas Glover has won his sixth and our man's here to look back at his remarkable success...

It's been a turbulent year or so for golf, but it still retains the ability to surprise and delight and Lucas Glover winning back-to-back PGA Tour events at the age of 43, following all sorts of trials and tribulations, is one such occurrence.

After winning the Wyndham Championship last week, Glover was one of Dave Tindall's each-way selections at 66/167.00 in Memphis but he was allowed to go off at around 120.0119/1 before the off and I'm one of many who was guilty of dismissing him both before the off and throughout.

He came into the event with form figures reading 4-6-5-MC-1 and he'd finished third at TPC Southwind 12 months earlier so those odds now look ridiculous. But I really thought his emotional win in North Carolina the week before would have taken its toll.

He looked and sounded exhausted when interviewed after his Sedgefield success so it's impossible not to admire how brilliantly he bounced back to deliver the goods again, although his second successive win looked unlikely on several occasions on the back-nine yesterday.

With his closest rivals through three rounds all misfiring on payday, Patrick Cantlay emerged as the biggest danger and the most likely winner.

The pre-event 24.023/1 chance was matched at a low of 1.211/5 as he sat in the clubhouse after a six-under-par 64 had seen him post a 15-under-par total that looked like it might be enough.

After a solitary birdie at the par five third and a string of pars, the 54-hole leader, Glover, needed to hole a 20-footer for par on 13 and a 29 foot bogey putt on the par three 15 after he'd found water off the tee.

The bogey save at 14 looked to have calmed his nerves when he hit his approach to inside seven feet on 15 but he missed the putt to remain one stroke behind Cantlay.

A birdie at the par five 16th saw Glover draw alongside Cantlay but he looked in big trouble after a poor drive on 17.

Forced to lay up from the lefthand rough, he chipped up to 11 feet before bravely holing the par save. After a regulation par at the 72nd hole, we were into extra-time at TPC Southwind for the third year in-a-row.

Last year's playoff between Sepp Straka and Will Zalatoris had been a memorable tussle, but this year's was disappointing.

Cantlay teed off first and drove into the water left of the fairway on 18 to put himself under pressure and that was effectively that. All Glover needed to do was find the fairway, find the green and safely two-putt for par. That's exactly what he did, although Cantlay came very close to matching his score.

Glover's victory sees him climb up to number four in the FedEx Cup Standings ahead of this week's BMW Championship and up to 30th in the Official World Rankings.

Given he went more than 10 years without a win between 2011 and 2021 and that up until last week his off the pace victory at the John Deere Classic had been his sole success on the PGA Tour in 12 years, his recent resurgence is some story.

Glover is a 42.041/1 chance to make it three wins in-a-row at the BMW Championship, which I've previewed here. The DP World Tour is back this week with ISPS Handa World Invitational which I've previewed here.

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