The 41-year-old finished on 19 under par at TPC Deere Run, two strokes clear of Ryan Moore and Kevin Na, who shared second place on 17 under par after Glover streaked ahead with a run of five birdies between the 12th and 17th holes.
“I’ve always been a big believer in there’s nothing guaranteed in this game,” he said. “It can be easy one day and be really, really, really hard the next.
“Yeah, it’s been a difficult ten years, but I never lost my faith, never lost my drive, never lost the self-belief.”
Glover heads to this week’s 149th Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club, where he led after 36 holes in 2011, having elevated his ranking in the 2021 FedExCup standings to 32nd with his fourth top ten finish in 25 starts this year.
“Every morning and every night you’ve got to answer to yourself, no matter what,” he said. “No matter what anybody else says good or bad, it’s still you, yourself, your inner peace and what you’re telling yourself, what you believe every day.”
Glover’s road back to PGA tour glory has not been easy, having twice dropped down to the Korn Ferry Tour to regain his playing privileges.
“I went to the Korn Ferry Finals twice, one after an injury and one after playing so bad, and luckily was able to get my card back both times,” he said. “You know, it was bad, but in the grand scheme of things, I still was a pro golfer and still had a chance to get my job back. You know, that was pretty low, but as far as how I kept going, it’s just self-belief and the ability to work hard, trust what you’re working on and believe in yourself, and I’ve always done that.
“Like I’ve said numerous times today, I never once lost faith, never once quit believing in myself. Fortunately, I understand that this game is hard, and there’s going to be struggles. Nobody has ever come through a long career on tour and not had a difficult time at some point, whether it’s ten years or ten weeks. It happens.
“That’s where the perspective came from. And the self-belief. It was just, I know it’s in there. I’ve just got to find it.” European Tour