Glover pulls even with Rose
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. — Unlike many players, Lucas Glover admits he keeps a close eye on the leaderboard.
"I definitely look at them. I like to know where I stand and what I've got to do," Glover said Saturday after he did enough — a 7-under 65 — to catch Justin Rose in the fourth round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Glover overcame a five-stroke deficit to join Rose at the front heading into the final day of the 90-hole tournament.
The 27-year-old Glover, a former Clemson star who has steadily moved up the ranks on the tour, matched Rose at 20 under, sticking his irons close to the pin on most greens at La Quinta and making a couple of 25-foot putts on others.
Rose, the 26-year-old Englishman who also appears to be a player on the rise, shot a 70 at The Classic Club, the site of the final round.
"I kept my nose in and around the lead, so obviously that's a good thing going into tomorrow," he said. "I guess what's gone on before now is all history and we've got to look forward to tomorrow."
His 70 followed a third round when he had taken a two-shot lead with a 66 on a gloomy, cold and windy day.
Although the day turned out to be sunny and relatively warm, the start of play Saturday was delayed a half-hour by frost on three of the four courses. The overnight low was 30 degrees, but conditions were nearly ideal later, with temperatures in the 60s and very little wind.
"I walked outside of the room this morning and the sun was already out, so I knew it wasn't going to be like yesterday," Glover said. "It was perfect. And the greens here, man, they are lightning right now. Some of the best we play all year."
Glover is shooting for his second PGA Tour victory. He won the Funai Classic in 2005. Rose is looking for his first on the tour, with his highest finish so far a tie for second last year in the Texas Open.
Hale Irwin shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead over Tom Kite and Brad Bryant after the second round of the Champions Tour's season-opening MasterCard Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
The 61-year-old Irwin, coming off his first winless season in 12 years, had 10 birdies in his bogey-free round for a 16-under 128 total. He just missed shooting his age when a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 came up just short and to the right.
Kite shot a 64, and Bryant, the first-round leader, had a 68. Jim Thorpe had a 63 to join defending champion Loren Roberts (67) at 12 under. Allen Doyle (67), Jerry Pate (67) and Ben Crenshaw (68) were 11 under.
Irwin, who has a record 44 wins on the Champions Tour, is seeking his first victory since the SAS Championship in the fall of 2005. He has eight Champions Tour wins in Hawaii, including the 1997 MasterCard, and also won the PGA Tour's 1981 Hawaiian Open.
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