OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Lucas Glover doesn’t like attention, but he received plenty of it Saturday afternoon at THE NORTHERN TRUST while sprawled on the 18th fairway after straining the patellar tendon in his right knee.
While hitting a hard 5-iron on his second shot, Glover’s right foot slipped on the dry bentgrass, and he buckled to the ground. He said he felt a twinge, not a pop, but was unsure if he could put weight on his knee.
“So I kind of just laid down like a sack of potatoes,” he said. “… I just wanted somebody that knew more than me to tell me what to do. I never meant to cause any problems or that much attention and I hated that it came to that. But I didn’t know and I was kind of scared.”
In a scene more befitting a football game than a golf tournament, he was attended to by medics as marshals, caddies and playing partner Grayson Murray looked on. Even local policemen were on the scene, prompting Glover to joke, “I hope nobody threw anything at me or shot anything at me.”
Asked what was going through his mind while he was on the ground, Glover said, “First of all, don’t do anything dumb. Wait for somebody to tell you to move. Second of all, felt bad, making Grayson wait and those other guys, having them in a weird situation. Then I felt pretty rotten about that.”
Despite the pain, Glover said he never considered quitting. “First couple of guys put me on a stretcher and I laughed at them,” he said. “I mean, only way I wasn’t going to (finish) was if I couldn’t get up.”
Following the lengthy delay, a limping Glover managed to finish his round with a bogey and a 2-over 72, leaving him at 2 over and in a tie for 52nd going into the final round at Glen Oaks.
And yes, he plans to play Sunday.
After signing his scorecard, Glover visited the physio trailer for a diagnosis and treatment, with a New York Giants team doctor on-site. He received a full ultrasound and ice, and said his knee was numb. Prior to his Sunday tee time, he will make good use of the therapy machine he travels with for ice and compression.
“They said use that all night and they don’t see any reason why I can’t play with a little brace tomorrow,” Glover said.
No telling how much the injury will limit him Sunday. The Giants doctor told him that swelling will be the telltale sign. At 55th in the FedExCup standings, Glover is guaranteed a spot in next week’s Dell Technologies Championship, and he wants to secure his position in the 70-man field at the BMW Championship.
“I made some practice swings out there and few more in the locker room before I came out,” Glover said. “I’ll play. Just see what happens.”