Lucas Glover is easy to spot on the links at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. In a British Open field of logoed shirts and pants with funny patterns, Glover might be the only one sporting a beard.
“They said nobody has won the Open Championship with a beard since the 1890s,” Glover said Friday.
Glover was joking (we think). The PGA probably doesn’t keep records like that, unlike Major League Baseball, which is wondering why the PGA doesn’t keep stats on the last American with a beard to win the Open wearing a white shirt after eating a ham sandwich for lunch in an odd-numbered year.
Glover, who began Saturday tied for the lead at four-under with Darren Clarke, is in position to snap that and another streak golf fans are more familiar with. The Greenville, S.C., native is positioned to become the first American to win a PGA Tour major since Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters.
The major drought has understandably gotten more press, as the U.S. is used to winning a major or two per year. But for the bearded and mustachioed of the world, who haven’t been able to lift their arms in victory for one of their own kind in more than a century, it’s about time they got a chance to celebrate.
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Tim Thomas would approve.
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“Jimmy johnson [sic] up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism.”
–Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, reacting on Twitter to five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion receiving a nomination as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.