AUGUSTA — If only Lucas Glover had a putter in his bag.
The Greenville native and Clemson alumnus said as much on Saturday after carding a 73 during the third round of the Masters. He is 5-over for the tournament and is finding himself playing a game of “what-if.”
“Yeah, same story,” he said. “Hit it great, putted like I didn’t have hands. Same story, nothing new.”
Glover began the day with a bogey on No. 1. Then he caught fire, getting birdies on Nos. 6, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 2-under for the day. It all was for naught with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.
“I birdied 13 and killed it on 14 with a bad iron shot and a three-putt,” Glover said. “I hit it better than my score and probably putted like I shot 80.”
Glover is in the fourth year of his five-year exemption at the Masters and knows time is running out to get the kind of results that will keep him coming to Augusta.
“If I play how I’m supposed to, I’ll be back here,” he said. “Whether it’s for lifetime or not, nobody can answer that.
“You can play great here for four days and not win. A lot of guys have done it,” he continued. “If I play like I’m supposed to and get this putter figured out, I’m good enough to be back here.”
Glover’s 73 on Saturday was tops among the three players with South Carolina ties remaining in the tournament. Columbia native Dustin Johnson and Greenville resident Bill Haas each fired a 74 and both are 1-over for the tournament.
Johnson’s up-and-down round featured three birdies and five bogeys. Haas double-bogeyed No. 4, or else would have been able to finish the day under par.