Wells Fargo Championship defending champion Lucas Glover will tee it up on Thursday morning, looking to turn his season around after a torrid run of injuries in 2012.
The 32-year-old injured his left knee the weekend before the season opener in Kapalua, when he slipped off a paddle board. He remained on the sidelines until March.
Glover then suffered a rib injury at the Masters but played through it.
“I pulled an intercostal muscle on my left side between 11 and 12, so it was pretty tough to rotate,” said Glover.
“I think if it had been any other week but Augusta I don’t think I would have played. But it’s pretty hard to withdraw from that one, so I played through it and just got it fixed and feels good.”
Since returning in March, Glover has only made three cuts from five starts with his best finish of the season coming at last week’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans. There, the three-time PGA Tour winner shot a three under-par total to finish in a tie for 66th.
“I’m as healthy as I’ve been since the day I got hurt back in the end of December,” Glover told the media. “I’ve just got to keep working on the right things and try to put some scores together.”
It was a bittersweet ending for Glover at last year’s tournament; he bogeyed the 72nd hole to force a playoff with friend Jonathan Byrd, before claiming the title on the first playoff hole.
“There’s a handful of guys out here; if you can’t win, you want them to. Jonathan and I are close enough friends and have been together enough over the years where we pull awful hard for each other,” explained Glover.
“Unfortunately one of us had to lose, and I was fortunate enough to hit a better shot at the end there. Not to say, if we played another hole it wouldn’t have been him.”
“It was a great moment. Mother’s Day, my mom was here, and a lot of family, a lot of friends. Like you said, any time you win, it’s great. But to do it there with Jonathan, it made it extra special.”
“It’s great to come here, somewhere you love and be the defending champion. I’m looking to try and play well and have a good defence.”