Riley, Glover atop leaderboard 

August, 17, 2006
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MEDINAH, Ill. -- If recent PGA Tour performances are any indication, the careers of Lucas Glover and Chris Riley are heading in opposite directions. Like two ships swiftly passing in the night -- er, the humid Chicago afternoon -- the two players met at the top of the leaderboard after firing identical scores of 6-under 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship.

At 26, Glover is by all indications currently the best American player under the age of 30. He hits the ball a long way (at 298.1 yards per drive, he ranks 29th on tour) and owns a deft touch around the greens (ninth in birdie average). His victory at last year's Funai Classic -- during which he chipped in from a bunker on the final hole -- served as a much-needed breakthrough. He's come close a few times this year but has found trouble sealing the deal, including at the recent Buick Open when a second-place Sunday start devolved into a 15th-place finish.

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Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.

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