Matt Every waited out a rain delay Thursday afternoon and another due to fog on Friday morning. Maybe that’s why he’s having a hard time getting untracked early in the second round.
Every, who teed off in the third-to-last group on Thursday, still managed to persevere – firing a 63 that earned him a tie for the overnight lead with Erik Compton. The former Florida All-American has played six holes in the second round, though, and only has five pars and a bogey to show for it.
The rookie needs a good week for several reasons. He is on the bubble for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup at No. 126 in the standings, and Every stands 136th on the money list in the quest to keep his card. The magic number in each case is 125. – Helen Ross
Matt Every made just one birdie over his final nine holes – after making the turn in 30 – but it was still god to enough to grab a share of the lead at The Greenbrier, where he and Erik Compton are atop the leaderboard after the first round.
The big story of the day for Every was his putter. He needed just 26 putts on the day, 11 of which came over his first nine holes. He obviously didn’t putt as well over his final nine – the front nine at The Greenbrier – but he was still 15-for-16 from inside 10 feet and he also made 3 of 4 from 10-15 feet.
Every’s ball-striking wasn’t too shabby, either. He hit 14 greens and missed just two fairways in a bogey-free round.
This isn’t the first time Every has gone low, though. In his tie for eighth in Phoenix earlier this year, he made six straight birdies on his way to, you guessed it, an opening-round 63. -- Brian Wacker
Matt Every had a bit of a birdie drought, but thanks to one on the par-4 sixth -- Every’s 15th hole of the day -- the former University of Florida standout is now tied for the lead at 7 under.
He’s been the lone player in the afternoon wave to make a move on the lead -- the next closest player still on the course is Brent Delahhoussaye at 3 under.
Matt Every’s performance is exactly what a lot of players expected from someone this week at The Greenbrier. Every, who is in his rookie year on the PGA TOUR after a stellar collegiate career at the University of Florida, just made the turn in 30 and is 6 under through his first 10 holes.
That has Every, who one-putted seven of his first nine greens, just one shot off the current lead. It also has him headed toward a possible career low -- he shot 63 in the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he tied for eighth for his best career finish.
As for this round, Every has missed just two fairways and two greens in regulation.
The front nine is also playing about 1 1/2 strokes easier than the back, where Every started, so more birdies could be on the way. Stay tuned. -- Brian Wacker
Play has resumed after more than a 90-minute weather delay for lightning in the area. No rain fell, however, so the course should play pretty much the same as it was before play was stopped.
Speaking of play, Erik Compton still has the lead after a 7-under 63, but he has some company from the afternoon wave with Matt Every now just two strokes back after playing his first eight holes in 5 under. Every has three birdies, an eagle an no bogeys so far with the eagle coming on the par-5 12th, where he hit it to inside 15 feet on his second shot. -- Brian Wacker
Unlike some rookies, it didn't take Matt Every long to find success on the PGA TOUR. The former Big Break contestant and Nationwide Tour grad kicked off 2010 with a four top-30 finishes in his first six starts, including a tie for eighth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
But his momentum came to a screeching halt during the Florida
swing, when the Gainesville, Fla., resident missed the cut at the
Transitions Championship in his home state. He tied for 52nd at the
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, then missed the
cut in his next two starts. Just days later, Every announced that
he'd broken his pinkie and had to sit out for seven weeks.
The promising young star is finally back in action this week at the St. Jude Classic, and is 3 under through 13 holes during tough afternoon conditions.
Will he join fellow rookies Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Derek Lamely and Alex Prugh in the race for Rookie of the Year honors? A strong showing at the St. Jude Classic wouldn't hurt. -- Lauren Deason