Every makes permanent mark at Bay Hill
March 23, 2015
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Matt Every successfully defended his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Welcome to the Monday Finish, where we had a hard time choosing a favorite quote from Matt Every’s winner’s press conference. We’ve finally settled on this one.
Matt Every: "It's easy to get down on yourself out here. It's the biggest waste of time because nobody really cares." pic.twitter.com/Nl6r29mmeD— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 23, 2015
Matt Every successfully defended his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Every buried a downhill, 16-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to claim a one-shot win over Henrik Stenson to become the third player to successfully defend his title in 2014-15. Jimmy Walker won the Sony Open and Ryan Moore won the CIMB Classic earlier this season.
SOMETHING RANDOM TO THINK ABOUT
In a few photos of Matt Every, you can see a bicep tattoo peeking out from under his right sleeve. What it says (“Live Forever,” a reference to a song by Oasis) is something that any child of the 90s can appreciate. In fact, Every takes his fanhood one step further. From the media guide:
Every says his dream foursome would include Oasis band members Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher and "some sort of counselor so we could get the best band in the world back together."
This love of Oasis doesn’t necessarily mean Every thinks the tattoo was a good decision.
Me: "What's your tattooo say?" Every: "'Live Forever,' my fave song. It was stupid. Stupid." Me: "Who wrote it?" Every: "Seriously? Oasis."— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) March 23, 2015
Flash forward to 2014, when Matt and his wife needed to make another permanent decision, choosing a name for their daughter. Rather than going the Oasis route (Lyla, maybe?), they drew their inspiration from something a little more long-lasting: The King. After Every claimed his first win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year, they decided to name their daughter Quinn Palmer Every.
I’m guessing Matt has no regrets on that one.
THE FIVE BEST STATS OF THE WEEK
1) Every became just the third person to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in back-to-back years, joining Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts. That stat is a little misleading, however. Every and Roberts accomplished the feat one time. Woods won the API in back-to-back years on five different occasions.
2) Every made 25 birdies this week at Bay Hill, two more than his previous best on TOUR. He did it with a balanced attack, finishing the week second in strokes gained: tee to green and eighth in strokes gained: putting.
3) Winning is hard. For proof, consider that just five of 19 third-round leaders have hung on for victory this season. Henrik Stenson, who started Sunday’s final round with a two-shot lead is the latest victim and the ninth consecutive 54-hole leader to fall short.
4) I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to the term “double eagle” so as you can guess, this was a tough week for me.
My definitive proof on double eagle vs. albatross. Only one of these things exists. pic.twitter.com/7vMZnwaiWq— D.J. Piehowski (@DJPie) March 22, 2015
But with that said, there were two albatrosses this week on the PGA TOUR (Daniel Berger, Zach Johnson), something that hasn’t happened since 2007. Furthermore, they were the first two albatrosses ever recorded during a TOUR event at Bay Hill. How rare is this feat? Since 1983, a tournament with multiple albatrosses has only happened six times.
On a related note, there were 42 eagles at this week’s event, the most at Bay Hill since at least 1983.
5) Sam Saunders, who lost in a playoff two weeks ago at the Puerto Rico Open, has played in the Arnold Palmer Invitational six times, first in 2006. This week’s T29 finish was his best yet, marking the fourth time in six tries that Palmer’s grandson has made the cut.
THIS WEEK’S THREE BEST VIDEOS
1) I know we had two albatrosses and we’ll get to them, but I’m giving the top spot this week to this shot by Brandt Snedeker, who got the luckiest bounce, sorry, the two luckiest bounces, I’ve ever seen at No. 18.
Brandt Snedeker's unbelievable lucky bounce at Arnold Palmer
2) The albatrosses tie for second in my book. If we have to, we’ll give Daniel Berger the edge since No. 16, where Johnson’s albatross came, played to a stroke average of 4.298, more than twice as far under par as the next easiest hole on the course (No. 4).
Shot of the Day
Daniel Berger’s incredible double eagle is the Shot of the Day
Shot of the Day
Zach Johnson’s double eagle hole out is the Shot of the Day
3) The third spot goes to this video from Golf Channel/NBC, who published this great look at how they used drones to capture some outstanding aerial footage of Bay Hill. What really puts it over the top is seeing Arnold Palmer watching drones for the first time.
ODDS AND ENDS
The week at Bay Hill always starts the same way, with Palmer meeting with the media for his lengthy annual chat. A number of subjects were discussed this year, but none got more attention than Palmer’s phone call with Tiger Woods, who declined to play The King’s event, where he’s won eight times, while he searches for his game.
There was a rumor that the phone call lasted over an hour, but Palmer was quick to correct that, doing so in possibly the funniest way he could.
Arnold Palmer can still make a room burst into laughter: http://t.co/0Zn97rilR7— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2015
While the winner at Bay Hill is greeted by Arnold Palmer on the 72nd green, this week’s Champions Tour winner got a pretty sweet prize as well.
A few perks of playing a tournament close to home: You get to sleep in your own bed, eat at your own home and drive your own car. Or cars.
Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press spotted a few of Ian Poulter’s Ferrari’s in the player parking lot this week. If you don’t believe they are his, check the license plates.
Think this help Poults make sure he gets in the right Ferrari after his round. pic.twitter.com/HREp3xQCGS— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) March 20, 2015
Man, these personalized license plates must cost a fortune. pic.twitter.com/kbyTKG6ZFb— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) March 22, 2015
Our ShotLink team is always looking for volunteers to help capture the data that runs our website and mobile apps. They found one this week with plenty of relevant experience.
Finally, if you hit a ball in the water at TPC Sawgrass’ 17th green in the past year, this is the guy you should talk to.
THREE REASONS TO BE EXCITED FOR THIS WEEK
1) Jack Nicklaus will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor, in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Check back here at PGATOUR.COM for a live stream of the ceremony.
2) The winner at the Valero Texas Open receives a pair of black cowboy boots, which means we always have great winner’s photos like this.
3) We’re inching closer.