January 14 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
HONOLULU -- Matt Every is 10 under after shooting a 6-under 64 in Friday's second round at Waialae. When he walked off the course, he was the clubhouse leader.
"Just normal stuff," Every said.
Well, not exactly that normal. In 29 previous PGA TOUR starts, Every has one top-10 finish, a tie for eighth two years ago at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
But what Every meant is that his game felt normal. He avoided mistakes (it was a bogey-free day), rolled in a few putts (three from outside 20 feet) and struck his irons crisply (12 of 18 greens in regulation).
Having played 20 events on the Nationwide Tour last year and finishing 18th on the money list with four top-10 finishes, the University of Florida grad simply feels like this week's start at the Sony Open is a carryover from last year.
"I'm not saying like I'm going to be on top of the leaderboard every week," Every said, "but it's not a surprise to me. I know that I can, you know?
"It's only two rounds, though, so it's not that big of a deal."
The 28-year-old Every said he's been hitting the ball well the last six months -- so well, in fact, that he would walk off the practice range after 20 minutes because, he said, "there was no need for me to sit there and try and mess it up."
Having played just five TOUR events last year after playing 18 in his rookie year of 2010, Every said he feels like he's a rookie again, that he has the hunger to compete and win.
Sound very normal.