Revival of fortunes for Glover
Lucas Glover heads to The Open Championship this week flying the flag for the veterans after ending a ten-year wait for a title with victory at the John Deere Classic.
Glover, the 41-year-old former US Open champion, became the sixth player over the age of 40 to win on the PGA Tour this season and is a 251.00 chance to make it back-to-back wins when he tees it up at Royal St George's for the Claret Jug.
Glover arrives in Kent in great form having signed off with five birdies from the 12th hole at TPC Deere Run to reach 19-under par and seal a two-shot win over fellow Americans Ryan Moore and Kevin Na.
It was his first tour success since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship and will give him added self-belief going to Royal St George's, where he has played well before.
When the Open was last staged on the Kent links ten years ago, the American was tied for the lead with eventual winner Darren Clarke at the halfway stage.
Glover joins a list of 40-somethings to have won in the United States this season - 48-year-old Stewart Cink has got up twice, while Phil Mickelson was 50 when he triumphed at Kiawah Island in the USPGA - and is adamant the old guard should never be written off.
"It was great to see them win when a lot of people had counted them out," Glover told the official PGA Tour website. "'Oh, he's old, he's over the hill, blah, blah, blah'.
"Yeah, it was inspiring and great because they're friends of mine, but it was also like 'all right, maybe it's not too out of the realm of possibility'."