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Unassuming Glover happy to prepare under the radar

TURNBERRY, Scotland (Reuters) - The quiet and unassuming Lucas Glover said he was pleased to be going under the radar in the countdown to this week’s British Open.

Lucas Glover of the U.S. hits out of a bunker on the second hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at the Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The 29-year-old American told reporters he was still unknown to most golf fans in Scotland, despite his surprise victory at last month’s U.S. Open.

“The ones that do (recognize me) are very nice and the ones that don’t are asking the ones that do who that is,” Glover said on Tuesday.

“The phone rings a little bit more and there are just a few more expectations but nothing drastic (has changed since the win). It’s been fun.”

Glover said he still felt most comfortable doing what comes naturally out on the course.

“The advice I got from the other guys was the only normal thing you’re going to know right now is when you get in between the ropes,” he said.

“I think being able to play and keep on playing has helped.”

Glover has barely stopped playing since his victory at Bethpage Black in New York, the only respite coming when he missed the cut at the PGA Tour’s rain-interrupted John Deere Classic last week.

“I ended up with Sunday off at the Deere,” he said. “I didn’t have to play the 36 holes (on the final day) so that was a nice day off.

“Now I’m just trying to do the stuff that put me in position last time (at Bethpage Black) and that’s get well prepared and well rested at the same time.”

Glover, a double winner on the PGA Tour, performed well in the two tournaments immediately following his Open triumph, finishing tied 11th in the Travelers Championship and joint fifth in the AT&T National.

The American will play alongside former British Open champion Ernie Els and in-form German Martin Kaymer in the opening rounds at Turnberry on Thursday and Friday.

Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes