2009 Grand Slam Overview
Lucas Glover was crowned champion of champions in Bermuda on Wednesday 21st October, cruising to a comfortable victory in the PGA Grand Slam of golf.
Overnight leader Glover recovered from a shaky start, briefly relinquishing the lead to Stewart Cink on the opening holes.
But he accelerated down the stretch as Cink faded, finishing on 11-under-par and triumphing by five strokes from Angel Cabrera (-6), with Cink (-5) squeezed into third.
YE Yang had another up and down day and finished four shots off the pace on one under-par. Glover takes home a cool $600,000 for his efforts over the past two days.
The beautiful Port Royal course provided the ideal setting for a tournament that is regarded as a lighthearted climax to the pro season.
With thrilling ocean views and birdie opportunities aplenty, there's much to enjoy for players of this calibre.
And Glover reveled in the casual environment, admitting that he played his best golf in relaxed surroundings.
Like a clinical centre-forward, he made the most of the chances that came his way, knocking in everything within range in a round of 66.
"I didn't miss anything I felt I should have made today," he remarked afterwards.
Only a bogey on 18 prevented him from equaling the course record he had set yesterday and he finished the 36-hole tournament with 13 birdies and an eagle.
After the play-off drama of the last two years at Mid-Ocean it was a relatively anxiety-free championship this time around.
And though Cabrera and Cink harboured victory ambitions after strong starts, their hopes were snuffed out as Glover reeled off three consecutive birdies at 9, 10 and 11.
The amiable American, a surprise winner at the US Open, was a popular champion.
After graciously accepting the applause of the packed gallery along with the winner's pink jacket on the 18th green, he returned the compliment.
"The fans were great. Obviously very supportive. This is my first trip here and you can tell people here love golf, and rightly so; weather like this and golf courses like this, this would be hard not to."
He added that the friendly nature of the tournament had not blunted the competitive edge.
"When you compete, you want to win, and that's anything. I mean, if I went and picked up a three‑on‑three basketball game this afternoon, I would want to win. That's how it was here. All four of us came here wanting to win the Grand Slam, and I'm very honored and very happy that it was me."
Report from Bermuda Sun