AUGUSTA, GA (WACH) - Former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover is set to play in his sixth Masters on Thursday ready to prove that 2013 is part of his road back.
Glover has run golf's gauntlet, reaching the high of winning the 2009 U.S. Open, but also dropping to the lowest of lows, when he missed most of the 2012 season hampered by injuries.
"It was a tough year, but we have made some changes and I think they are for the better," said Glover. "Got my knee fixed. 110 percent there. Working on some new stuff. I think that it's the right stuff."
Glover has lost about 15 pounds and says he has been working hard in the gym to ensure he doesn't carry around any extra weight that could put a burden on his knees.
So far this year, he has won $303,182 and is 94th on the money list, and 92nd on the FedEx Cup list. Glover has also made the cut in five of his eight events so far, including a season-best fourth place finish at the Honda Classic.
Despite his U.S. Open pedigree, Glover has struggled at the season's first major at Augusta National. He has made the cut just twice at the Masters in his career, and hasn't made the cut in Augusta in three years.
However, he's optimistic he can prove himself at one of golf's most revered and toughest venues.
"It's hard not to be excited when you get to Augusta," said Glover. "A couple weeks struggled coming into here, but had a good week off last week, feel like my prep was good."
Glover's sixth appearance at the Masters will set a record for a former Clemson player. Jonathan Byrd has also played in five, but did not qualify this year. Like Glover, Byrd also has made the cut twice. Byrd's eighth-place finish in 2003 is still the best finish at the Masters by a former Clemson golfer.
Glover is paired up with former Masters champion Bernhard Langer and Henrik Stenson in the first two rounds. The group opens plays Thursday at 12:35pm off the first tee at Augusta National.