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After his U.S.

Open win Monday at Bethpage Black, Lucas Glover went on a whirlwind media and talk-show tour in the New York area.

PGATOUR.COM's Helen Ross tagged along every step of the way and filed this report.NEW YORK—About 18 hours after Lucas Glover won the 109th U.S.

Open, he found himself in the back of a stretch limousine, cell phone pressed to his ear, his driver navigating the streets of the Big Apple.Regis and Kelly—well, American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, who was subbing for Kelly Ripa—were waiting.

CNBC wanted to talk sponsorship deals.

David Letterman was huddled with his writers working up one of his patented Top Ten Lists.Oh, and then there was the Sleepless-in-Seattle photo op with that big silver U.S.

Open trophy on the very top floor of the Empire State Building.Soon he would meet Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a woman once rumored to become the first female member at Augusta National, who came downstairs at Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater specifically to offer a few kind words to Glover.And oh, by the way, Jack Nicklaus was so keen to congratulate the newly crowned major champion that he called Glover's cell, his home and finally wife Jennifer's phone, just looking for a human being before leaving a voice mail.

And did we mention that Nicklaus was calling from Africa?"That was so cool," Jennifer said, her eyes wide in surprise, as she held the phone to her husband's ear.So, was Glover beginning to understand the magnitude of what he accomplished on Monday at Bethpage State Park when he beat Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes by two strokes? Was it beginning to sink in?"Today's definitely helping," the weary U.S.

Open champion said with a grin.Tuesday's first stop was Live with Regis & Kelly.

Fans with digital cameras did their best paparazzi imitation and broke ranks from the queue outside the studio to take photos of Glover toting the trophy.

Once Glover was safely inside the Green Room, a producer ran over the subjects on the hosts' cue cards—playing in the rain, Glover's love for the Yankees and his New York honeymoon with Jennifer nearly four years ago, among other topics.The trophy sat on a table near the coffeemaker.

One of the directors came in to fill his cup.

"Well, look at this," he said appreciatively.

"Way to go." A man the director called simply "Camera 2" bore greetings from his sister, who lives in Greer, S.C., and knows Jennifer's aunt and uncle—proving again how small the world really is.Once the show began, Glover settled himself into the director's chair next to Regis Philbin, who hoisted the trophy to study the names.

"They shortchanged me a little," Glover joked.

"They didn't get my name on it quick enough to be on your show."Jennifer watched from the wings and when Glover started talking about a 12-year romance that began when they met about 3 a.m.

on New Year's morning, the cameras focused on the vivacious blonde.

"She's put up with me a long time," Glover said with a smile.Glover, it turns out, is a closet Frank Sinatra fan, which was great news for Philbin, the consummate New Yorker.

The Glovers first got turned onto the king of the Rat Pack when they had dinner at a restaurant in Little Italy.

His favorite song? "World on a String" As Philbin hummed, Dioguardi asked Glover if he could sing it.The answer was a quick no."And don't ask me to dance, either," Glover said.With 20 minutes to kill before the visit to the Empire State Building, the entourage, which included Glover's agent, Mac Barnhardt, as well as his good friend David Everett, the retired president of the Sea Island Company, ducked into the Starbucks on the next corner.

As they got out of the limo, a fan stopped Jennifer and asked, "Didn't I just see you on TV?"Well, she did get plenty of airtime Monday on NBC, especially when she kissed Glover when he walked off the 18th green at Bethpage Black.

And then there was that shy wave to her husband on Live with Regis & Kelly.

So who knows?Once inside the Empire State Building, the group walked by photos of Roger Federer, Rihanna and Mariah Carey, each of whom had taken the same VIP tour, as they neared the first of four elevators they would ride to the top of the iconic landmark.

The second, which went from the second floor to the 80th, took a mere 55 seconds.

Once you get past the 86th, the climb is measured by an altimeter that registers 1250 at the top.A battery of photographers and several reporters were waiting on the observation deck, but Glover and his friends were the only ones allowed to go to the very top.

The 103rd floor, which is off-limits to the general public, is so remote it can be reached only by a steep narrow staircase.

Only the antenna on the building rises higher in the Manhattan skyline.After climbing the stairs, Glover and his wife stepped carefully out on the ledge for pictures.

The concrete wall was thigh-high, and unlike on the deck below, there were no bars to protect anyone.

It was certainly not for the faint of heart.

The temperature was about 20 degrees different than on the ground, too.Telephone interviews with sports talk show hosts Mike & Mike in the Morning, Jim Rome and Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt, among others, kept Glover busy in the limo.

A stop for some of those world-famous hamburgers at P.J.

Clarke's provided some much-needed sustenance.

In an odd twist, as the group walked through the bar to the restaurant, one of the shots Glover hit on Monday at the Black Course was being shown on SportsCenter.While driving to the Ed Sullivan Theater, Glover checked some of his text messages.

One came from Tim Bourret, the long-time sports information director at Clemson University, where Glover played college golf.

Turns out the last Clemson golfer to read Letterman's Top Ten List was Jane Robelot, a former co-anchor of CBS This Morning, in 1997.

She and Glover share the same high school, as well."He's a vault," Glover said of Bourret.

"He can tell me how many three-putts I had in the month of May in 1998.

They just think differently than the rest of us."Glover answered more than 100 text messages and voice mails as he drove from Long Island into New York City Monday night, and his cell phone was full again by the time the battery died the next afternoon.

One friend had words of caution for him."He said, 'Do you realize that you have to count backwards from 10 to read the Top Ten List? You might have to get Jennifer to make flashcards,' " Glover said grinning.

"That might be the text of the day."The Green Room at the Ed Sullivan Theater was the only one of the three Glover visited Tuesday that was remotely green, and it was more turquoise than anything else.

He saw two different versions of the Top Ten List before the rehearsal, and a third revision was the one he ended up reading.Biff Henderson, the stage manager who often appears in skits on the Late Show with David Letterman, came in to grab a cup of coffee and chat with Glover.

So did Alan Kalter, the tall, red-haired announcer who asked about the champion's decision to hit a 6-iron off the 18th tee."I'm the only golfer (working) here," Kalter said, setting a newspaper with a photo of Glover down on the coffee table.

"So can I get you to sign a couple of things?" The champ, of course, obliged.After the rehearsal was over it was nearly 4 p.m., and Glover sat on the couch, his eyelids heavy.

Everett asked if he wanted to stretch out.

"I can't," Glover said with a smile.

"I'll mess up my makeup." So he passed the time doing several other interviews and starting on the Daily News crossword puzzle.Glover finally walked onto the stage after the second commercial, following an entertaining segment on new summer toys.

When Glover was done, Letterman walked over, shook hands and gave Glover the U.S.

Open trophy that had been sitting behind his desk.

Letterman doesn't do that for just anyone, either."Nice young man," Letterman later told the crowd.

And Glover plans to stay that way."My schedule might change; stuff like that," he said.

"But I'm not going to change."Indeed.

Glover was headed for a quick dinner at a favorite sushi restaurant before heading to Hartford where he would honor his commitment and play in the Travelers Championship.

In fact, he plans to play the next four weeks before taking some much deserved time off.Green Rooms, cue cards, and hair and makeup sessions were the order of the day Tuesday.

The rest of the week, Glover will be in his element at TPC River Highlands."You know one thing today is good for?" Barnhart said.

"After today, he'll be so glad to get back on the golf course he won't know what to do."Play Ball! — Sign up for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball '09 today.

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