Ten years on now from his victory in the US Open – and six years on from his last appearance in The Open. Glover was ranked only 71st in the world and had never made the cut at his national championship when he came through qualifying to play at the feared Bethpage Black, where he scored a second round 64 (only one outside the major record at the time) and beat Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes by two.
A second successive Presidents Cup cap followed and two years later he had another PGA Tour success, his third, at the Wells Fargo Championship, but then the former Walker Cup player – he lost to Luke Donald in the singles at Sea Island in 2001 – fell from 15th to the world to 634th in 2015.
He has battled his way back since then and by making it into the top 80 by the last week of June earned one of the 14 places at Royal Portrush awarded off the rankings. That has included three successive top 10s on the PGA Tour earlier this year, the best of them a tie for fourth in the Honda Classic.