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Glover playing role of a champion, right down to the scowl

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It's starting to be a bit of a tradition around Kapalua. Go win the U.S. Open, come to Hawaii and play well in the opening tournament of the season.

Tiger Woods has done it. So has Geoff Ogilvy and now Lucas Glover is out at the SBS Championship doing things that make most regular golfers want to hang up their spikes for good.

Nine under through a nine-hole stretch? Eagle the same hole two days in a row? Thirteen birdies over 36 holes? Get outta here.

On Saturday in Hawaii, Glover didn't have the same magic he had brought across the water the first two days, but a closing birdie on the par-5 18th allowed him a one-shot advantage over last year's winner, Ogilvy. The birdie was produced when Glover hit a, and I hope you're sitting down, 406-yard drive followed by a 238-yard 5-iron to the green and two-putted for birdie, and I want you to trust me when I tell you not even my fingers are fat enough to screw up those digits.

Did Glover seem happy with his second shot? Of course not.

One of the strange things about Glover since winning at Bethpage Black last year and joining the "no names that now become household names" list (or, as we in the industry call it, The Shaun Micheel Group), is that if you watched his demeanor on the golf course, you'd think he was struggling to break 80.

On Thursday, he made double-bogey on the first hole to start his 2010 off with a shank, only to bounce back with two eagles and a birdie on his outward nine. The entire time, looking at Glover, you'd think he would rather be digging coffin ditches than divots, and it might just be that type of attitude that has bounded him up to 20th in the world rankings.

Unlike a lot of guys that win majors (think Micheel and Todd Hamilton for starters), Glover hasn't seemed content with just winning a major and going about his business. He finished fifth at the PGA Championship following his trophy celebration in New York, but failed to win a point at the Presidents Cup and looked somber even after the Americans had clinched the cup – the type of reaction you might have seen from Scottie Pippen after Toni Kukoc went in to hit the game winner.

Some might call it whiny, but it's just a byproduct of the type of competitive edge that pushes people to win the big titles. If you don't believe me, ask guys like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and yes, Tiger. These are the guys that have been flagged as jerks because they cared more about the, and excuse my untimely pun, the wedding than the reception.

Some want to party, but Glover seems to be the front part of the mullet: all business, all the time. If you don't believe me, watch him throughout this season. Last year might have been his breakout season, but 2010, as it seems now, could be the year Glover establishes consistency in winning.

Blame it on the Presidents Cup. Being embarrassed on a high level is reason enough for someone to keep pushing himself, even when he's already reached personal summits.

Glover might not dance when the putts drop, which they didn't in this third round, but that doesn't mean he isn't having fun. For some, and trust me, I wish I was on this list, the best party in the world is the one you're hosting.

If the putter can heat up again, he might be doing just that.

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