Lucas Glover captured his first U.S. PGA Tour victory Sunday with birdies on the last two holes, making a 40-foot putt from the fringe and a 35-foot bunker shot on the last hole to win the Funai Classic at Disney.
Glover, who closed with a 7-under 65, was among 10 players who had a chance to win over the final four holes under threatening skies. When he went from the left rough into the front bunker on No. 18, it looked as though his best chance would be getting into a playoff.
Then came a dramatic finish. His bunker shot exploded from the sand, high in the air, landed about 5 feet short of the cup and rolled in for birdie.
Glover finished at 23-under 265, and had to wait to make sure that held up. He was on the practice range, trying to stay loose as workers noisily tore down the grandstands behind him.
He stopped long enough to look across a strand of trees at Tom Pernice Jr., who had a 15-foot birdie putt to force a playoff. Pernice's shoulders slumped when he struck the putt, which never had a chance.
Glover, a 25-year-old American, became the third Disney winner in the last four years to make this his first U.S. PGA Tour victory. He earned $792,000 (Ђ659,340) and moved to 28th on the money list, giving him a good chance at going to East Lake in two weeks for the Tour Championship, AP reports.