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Humble Lucas Glover hopes not to “downgrade” US Open

24/6/2009
Following his stunning win this weekend at the US Open, Lucas Glover has said that he hopes his unlikely victory won’t “downgrade” the title.

The American golfer, ranked 71st in the world, joins an elite list of champions and is all too aware of his place in the history books.

"It's an honor to be on the trophy with names such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. I hope I don't downgrade it or anything,” said the newest champion.

The tournament, which had been wide open for much of the four days, was finally won by Glover’s -4 score, with golfing heavyweights Phil Mickleson and David Duval finishing two shots behind along with third-round leader Ricky Barnes.

The result was especially poignant for Duval, who won the title himself in 2001 but has been in the wilderness for most of the last decade. The joint-second finish here is his first top-10 finish since 2002, which goes some way to explaining his current world ranking of 882. Second isn’t good enough though for Duval. "I'm pleased with how I played but disappointed at where I finished. I came here to win," he said. "It may be arrogance but it's where I feel like I belong."
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