Barnes, Glover Lead U.S. Open Early in Final Round

22 06 2009

Don’t look now but as of the end of play Sunday, the top of the leaderboard at Bethpage Bath had a distinctly John Deere Classic feel to it.

There were Ricky Barnes and Lucus Glover at the very top tied at 7-under par, five shots ahead of their nearest competition, both having played one hole in their final rounds. As they try to make golf history today, both of their names are on the commitment list to play at this year’s John Deere Classic, July 6-12, at TPC Deere Run.

Barnes has played in one previous JDC. He received a sponsor exemption back in 2003 when he was coming off a stellar amateur career.

At the time, many predicted Barnes and his Hollywood good looks would translate into instant PGA Tour stardom. Golf isn’t as easy as it looks, though. Six years later, after a worthy apprenticeship on the Nationwide Tour, Barnes has ended up where everyone thought his undeniable talent would take him – contending for a major championship. It should be interesting to see how he performs in the final round.

Meanwhile, Glover has been playing solidly all week at the Open. The Clemson man has played in five of the last seven John Deere Classics. His best finish was a tie for 11th in 2007.

Locked in a tie for third at 2-under par is none other than David Duval, who also is committed to the John Deere.

Duval’s resurrection from golf oblivion would be complete should he come back to win the U.S. Open. The former British Open champion was No. 1 in the world earlier this decade but lost his game and has been working his way back the last few years. He has played in three of the last four John Deere Classics and has said he enjoys playing TPC Deere Run.

One stroke behind Duval is local favorite Todd Hamilton. Like Duval, Hamilton is a former British Open champion who will be back in the Quad Cities this year.

And remember the name Kyle Stanley, another Clemson man. Stanley was one of two amateurs to make the cut at the Open. After the third round, he stood at 8-over par, which put him is pretty good company alongside Kenny Perry, Angel Cabrera, and Tom Lehman. Stanley, who will turn pro after the Open, has received a sponsor exemption to play in the John Deere Classic.

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