Matt Every's 62 on Friday was his low round of the year by three strokes. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- For the second straight day, the lead at The Greenbrier Classic came courtesy of a sterling 62 on The Old White TPC.
On Friday, though, Matt Every's bogey-free round gave him sole possession at 9 under. He made a 10-footer for birdie at the ninth hole, his final one of the day, to slip past Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley and first-round co-leader Johnson Wagner.
"I played really well tee-to-green, finally made some putts," said Every, who had just 26 on Friday, six fewer than in his opening round of 69. "I haven't made anything all year and it just finally happened today. Been waiting for it."
Every wasn't the only one to break out of the pack, though.
Tommy Gainey, who was tied with Wagner after the first round, actually had opened a two-stroke advantage early Friday afternoon as he made a pair of birdies in his first five holes. But he closed with three bogeys on the front nine, his second segment of the day, and ended up in a group with 7 under.
Also at 7 under are Ben Curtis, Greg Owen and Jonas Blixt.
Interestingly, the Old White TPC played easier on Friday than it did in the first round -- with a scoring average of 69.668 to 70.096. But the leaderboard is tightly-bunched with 25 players within four strokes of Every's lead -- and his 62 was three strokes better than the next best round.
"You have to give credit to the golf course," Gainey said. "The golf course, it gave up some low scores yesterday, but what's the lowest score it gave up today? I mean really, in any other tournament besides the majors, everybody's shooting 7, 8, 9 under on the first or second rounds. The golf course hung up pretty good today, it played tough."
The cut came at 1 under and included 81 players, which will necessitate a secondary cut to the low 70s and ties after the third round. Among those who won't play the weekend is Phil Mickelson, who got his first sub-par round at The Old White TPC but missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic for the third straight year -- a first in the World Golf Hall of Famer's career.
Also missing the cut were 2010 Greenbrier Classic champion Stuart Appleby; Roberto Castro, who finished second at last week's AT&T National; Charles Howell III, Brian Gay and former major champions Lucas Glover, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.