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Defending U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover happy to avoid attention

Defending champ flying under radar

The talk at the U.S. Open has been Tiger Woods, or Phil Mickelson, or Pebble Beach Golf Links. There hasn't been much talk about defending champ Lucas Glover, and that's fine with him. Glover, 30, of South Carolina, won at Bethpage Black in New York last year but only devout fans probably remember that. That's just fine with Glover. "Life got a little busier, phone rang a little bit more," he said. "I signed a few more autographs, but nothing too crazy. And that's probably the way I would want it and would like it to stay."

Woods remark inspires challenge

On Saturday, NBC (Ch. 8) will air a segment it shot 10 days earlier at Pebble Beach with celebrity golfers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Wahlberg and Drew Brees, as well as 5-handicap amateur Peggy Ference of New Jersey. Wahlberg had the highest handicap of the golfers at 14. The challenge was to break 100. The idea came from a Tiger Woods quote during the 2007 U.S. Open, when he said a 10 handicap would have a hard time breaking 100 on such a tough setup. Spoiler alert: Wahlberg shot 97, the only player to break 100. Gretzky shot 100, Brees 102 and Ference 119.

Pebble Beach return planned

The U.S. Open will return to Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2019 for a sixth time as part of the course's 100th anniversary celebration. Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., chairman of the USGA's championship committee, said the decision to bring the Open back to Pebble in nine years remains contingent on a formal contract coming together. The 2017 Open is headed for Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Suspect arrested in home invasion

Puerto Rico police said they have arrested the main suspect in the robbery inside the home of golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez. Police spokeswoman Leticia Jover said Rey Francisco Rivera Marrero, 51, was arrested Wednesday in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon. Jover said Rivera led a group of five assailants who broke into Rodriguez's apartment at a southern coast golf resort May 19. They tied up Rodriguez and his wife and stole cash and jewelry worth $500,000. The 74-year-old golfer said in an interview that he has been installing security systems in his home since the robbery.

LPGA's Creamer back from surgery

Paula Creamer badly wants to give a thumbs-up at the end of this weekend's ShopRite LPGA Classic. Wednesday's pro-am round marked the second time she has played 18 holes since having surgery on her left thumb in Birmingham, Ala., on March 30. "It feels good," Creamer, 23, said. "My thumb won't be completely healed for quite a long time, but it's progress. There was a point when I honestly didn't know if I was ever going to be able to play golf again."

Daly at home in Nationwide return

John Daly is back in Arkansas this week, playing in the Nationwide Tour's Fort Smith Classic. Daly, who is from Dardanelle, said he's feeling healthy and sharp heading into the tournament at Hardscrabble Country Club. This will be his first Nationwide tournament since 1991.

Defending U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover happy to avoid attention 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 8:02pm]
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