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FedEx St. Jude Championship review: Lucas Glover goes back-to-back

Lucas Glover won the PGA Tour's FedEx St. Jude Championship on Sunday, beating Patrick Cantlay in a playoff at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee to claim back-to-back Tour victories.

Glover, who won the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club a week before the St. Jude, had a one-shot lead through 54 holes ahead of Sunday's final round and the South Carolina man held off a superstar chasing pack to claim a sixth PGA Tour win.   

Veteran holds off Cantlay's Southwind charge

Despite victory at the Wyndham, Glover was not among the favorites for the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the first of three tournaments in the season-closing FedEx Cup playoffs and one which featured nine of the world's top ten players.

The 43-year-old veteran had been in excellent form prior to his Sedgefield triumph, recording three top-six finishes from his previous four PGA Tour events, but few would have envisaged him winning back-to-back tournaments.

Glover opened with a 66 then followed with a six-under 64 to take the 36-hole lead and, after another 66 on Saturday, he went into Sunday's final round in front. He was briefly headed by Cantlay but a birdie on the par-five 16th saw him tie the Californian again.

The eventual champion rode his luck in the closing stages, making an 11-foot par putt on 17 to retain a share of the lead, then he failed to hole a 22-foot birdie putt to win in regulation.

The pair headed up 18 for the first playoff hole and Glover, as he has been doing for the best part of the last two months, immediately found the fairway and was in the driving seat when Cantlay found water with his tee shot.

Glover fired his approach to 22 feet and Cantlay did likewise with his third. Glover two-putted and his victory was confirmed as Cantlay failed to make par.

St. Jude hero heading for a belated Ryder Cup debut

Glover's two wins have seen him move up to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings, behind only Masters champion Jon Rahm, world No.1 Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, and he's set to make the Tour Championship field for only the second time since 2009.

That was the year when the 43-year-old claimed his greatest victory, winning his only Major in the US Open at Bethpage, and 14 years on he'll be hoping for a chance to tick off another career goal by teeing it up in the Ryder Cup for the first time.

Glover, who finished a shot ahead of European stars McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood at the St. Jude, is up to 16th on the US Ryder Cup points list and he'll be aiming for two more big weeks at the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.

He will need one of Zach Johnson's six picks and the US captain has decisions to make with Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Cameron Young, Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns all also outside of the six automatic spots.

The USA are -150 favorites to retain the Ryder Cup and -200 to lift the trophy in the event of a tie. Team Europe are +150 to win the Ryder Cup and the tie is +1200.

Attention on Olympia Fields as playoffs continue

Dustin Johnson was the last golfer to win three straight PGA Tour titles, winning the Genesis Open, the WGC-Mexico Championship and the WGC-Match Play in 2017, and Glover is +3500 to emulate his fellow Carolinian at this week's BMW Championship.

The BMW, a nomadic tournament and the second of the three FedEx Cup playoffs, returns to Olympia Fields Country Club, Illinois, which was the host venue in 2020 when Rahm holed a monster 44-foot birdie putt to defeat Johnson in a playoff.

FedEx Cup leader Rahm is +800 to become Olympia champion again with Scheffler on offer at +700 and McIlroy at +800. Last week's runner-up Cantlay has won the last two editions of the BMW, albeit at two different courses, and he's +1000 for the three-peat.

The BMW is the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs and, unlike previous seasons, only 50 players will tee it up this week before the top 30 head to East Lake to contest the Tour Championship.

Burns is the man on the bubble, sitting 30th, while Major winners Justin Rose (32nd), Matt Fitzpatrick (40th) and Hideki Matsuyama (47th) all require a big week to make the season finale.

Reigning FedEx Cup champ McIlroy has finished no worse than ninth in his last eight PGA Tour events and he is +600 to win at East Lake for the fourth time.

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