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Glover romps to five-shot victory at Grand Slam

US Open champion Lucas Glover coasted to a five-shot victory at the end-of-season PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southampton, Bermuda, on Wednesday after firing a five-under 66.

Two strokes ahead overnight in the elite 36-hole event which brings together the winners of the year's four majors, Glover posted an 11-under total of 131 at Port Royal Golf Course.

Although briefly caught in a tie for the lead by fellow American Stewart Cink after reaching the turn in two-under 34, Glover regained control with four birdies on the next eight holes.

"I got it turned around towards the end of the front nine and played pretty good golf from there," a beaming Glover told reporters.

"This is such a hard tournament to get into and I would be crazy if I said on January 1 that my goal is to win the Grand Slam because you only have four chances to get here.

"All four of us came here wanting to win the Grand Slam. I'm very honored and very happy that it was me," added Glover who held off late charges by compatriots Phil Mickelson and David Duval to win his first major at the US Open in June.

Back nine

British Open champion Cink birdied four of the first seven holes before fading on the back nine, a closing 70 leaving him in third place at five-under 137.

Masters winner Angel Cabrera of Argentina, helped by an eagle at the par-five seventh, signed off with a 66 to finish second at six-under.

"I had it going really well and then the wheels kind of fell off out there," Cink said after dropping shots on 12 and 13 before double-bogeying the par-four 15th. "I had some momentum going and in a tournament like this where it's two rounds, you really need to stay on the gas the whole day, the whole two rounds."

South Korean Yang Yong-eun, who beat Tiger Woods to clinch the PGA Championship in August, propped up the four-man field at one-under after returning a 70.

Glover earned US$600,000, pushing his total for the year over US$4 million.

Cabrera, who won the Grand Slam two years ago when it first moved to Bermuda, finished on 136 and made US$300,000. Cink earned US$250,000 and Yang took home US$200,000.


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