Glover ends decade-long wait with John Deere Classic win

By Sports Desk July 11, 2021

Lucas Glover clinched his first PGA Tour win in more than a decade with a two-stroke victory at the John Deere Classic on Sunday.

Glover charged home at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, with a seven-under 64 in the final round.

The American finished at 19 under, two shots clear of Ryan Moore (68) and Kevin Na (68), for his first win since 2011.

Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, was two under for the round through 11 holes before a blistering finish.

He made four straight birdies before another at the 17th on his way to a fourth PGA Tour victory.

"It's been a long 10 years, been some struggles, I've had a couple of good years, but nothing like this, nothing where I had a real chance to win," Glover told the Golf Channel.

"It's great."

Adam Schenk (67), Luke List (68), Scott Brown (69) and overnight leader Sebastian Munoz (71) finished tied for fourth at 16 under.

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