Former US Open champion Lucas Glover has slammed the PGA Tour in a most bizarre use of words by declaring the Tour is ‘trying to shove the toothpaste back in the tube’.
Glover was speaking to reporters following his second round 64 to move to within two shots of the lead late on the second day of the regular season-ending Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The American teed-up in Sedgefield lying 112th on the FedEx Cup standings and being projected at this stage of the event to end his year at 72nd, and that would be two spots shy in qualifying for next week’s opening Play-Off event in Memphis.
Glover was asked for his thoughts on possibly ending his year in North Carolina and what he thought of the situation with those players ranked from 125th to 71st missing out on a Play-Off tee time.
“It’s very contrived to me, the whole thing,” said the 47-year-old.
“I don’t even really understand it. I think if you finish in the Top-125, I don’t know why you don’t get to play next week. That’s my opinion. Been pretty outspoken in that.
“I think it’s silly that it’s only 70. I think it’s silly that we’re playing 70 in these elevated events. I think it’s silly. I think it’s taken a lot of these last few tournaments of the regular season, a lot of that drama and I just think it’s silly.”
However, Glover saved his best ‘lines’ away from the official microphone when asked to expand on his views by good friend and colleague, Adam Schupak working for Golf Week.
“It feels like the toothpaste is out of the tube,” Glover said. “Some of the guys who were pushing for top 70 are now backtracking a little bit. I don’t know if it is because they are outside the top 70 or they actually understand it’s kind of silly. We’re touting ourselves as the best Tour in the world, so why wouldn’t you reward the best 125 guys and let them play in your biggest events.
“Same with the elevated events. You finish 125th on the best Tour in the world, and you’re in one elevated event, the Players. That’s silly to me and always has been. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
As Schupak pointed out, it’s not the first time Glover has been out-spoken, “It’s a waste of breath, a waste of time.
“I’ve been out here long enough to know that it doesn’t matter. The PAC’s (Players Advisory Committee) is useless. They’re going to do what they’re going to do.”
“Maybe now we can get some smarter people in the room and talk some sense into them.
“I don’t understand why it’s going to be 70-80. We’ve seen the World Golf Championship model doesn’t work. We don’t play those anymore. So, why that number? They have models and all this and that, but no one has convinced me that this is better other than the guys who stood to be rewarded the most pushed for it and our brass thought they had to appease them. If that’s the case, that’s the case, but as we’ve seen that’s not working because we have another deal in place.
“Obviously, what they did last year at this time (following the players-only meeting at the BMW Championship) didn’t work or else we wouldn’t have to do all this other stuff.
“We’ll never get somebody to admit that, but now it’s pretty obvious. They’re trying to push it back into the tube a little bit, which is pretty impossible.”