Your U.S. Open Champ is Cool Hand Lucas

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Your U.S. Open Champ is Cool Hand Lucas
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The winner of the 109th playing of the U.S. Open Golf Championship is Cool Hand Lucas.

Make that Cool Hand Lucas Glover, southern gentleman, Clemson guy, and a Cinderella story.

The story Glover wrote Monday at Bethpage Black was one of patience and overcoming myriad of obstacles.

First, there was the rally by New York's favorite, Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson had one hand on the trophy, but he broke his own heart and left his fans dismayed when he bogeyed the 15th and 17th holes to lose yet another Open. He finished as the runner-up for a record fifth time.

Second, Glover overcame the near comeback story of the decade when he ducked a rally by David Duval, who finished two-under and tied with Mickelson.

Third, Glover overcame the collapse of his playing partner, third-round leader Ricky Barnes. Bad play can be contagious, and Barnes shot a 40 on the front while Glover shot 38.

Glover recovered; Barnes almost did, too, and managed to finish second with Mickelson and Duval.

Glover propelled himself to victory by shooting even par on the back nine, and the shot that put him in the winner's circle was his short iron to 16. He made the five-footer for birdie then made nervous par putts at 17 and 18.

Glover's scorecards of 67-64-70-73 totaled a four-under 276.

This fellow from Greer, South Carolina, is the first true Southern winner of the Open since Curtis Strange did it 20 years ago.

It was only the second win ever for Glover.

Just call him Cool Hand Lucas, the improbable winner of the 109th Open.

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