Every rallies for first win at Bay Hill|
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Every rallied with a 2-under 70 on
Sunday to come from behind and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Every, who was nine strokes off the pace after 36 holes, finished at 13-under-
par 275 for his first PGA Tour title. The 30-year-old held on despite two
bogeys in the last three holes at Bay Hill.
"It's hard. It's tough man, you just never know if it's going to happen,"
Every explained. "You get there so many times, it's nice to get it done. I've
had a ton of looks. I kept telling myself it's going to be somewhere special.
and this is really cool."
Keegan Bradley narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final green that would
have forced a playoff. He birdied 16 and 17 to post even-par 72 and ended one
back at minus-12.
Adam Scott, who led since early on Thursday when he opened with a 62,
struggled to a 4-over 76 that left him in third place at 11-under 277.
Jason Kokrak stumbled to a 1-over 73 to slip into fourth place at minus-10.
For the second straight round, Scott struggled out of the gate. He bogeyed the
first and third, before making a 4-foot birdie putt on the fourth. He was two
clear of Every at that point, as Every birdied the fourth to go with six pars
over his first seven holes.
Scott failed to save par from a greenside bunker on the seventh, and his lead
was down to one over Every and his playing partner, Kokrak.
Every tripped to a bogey on No. 8, but came back with a 15-foot birdie putt on
the ninth to get back within one of Scott. That also was the start of a hot
stretch for Every.
Around the turn, Every poured in a 20-footer for birdie on the 10th to gain a
share of the lead. Every later birdied the 12th and 13th, from eight and 13
feet out, respectively.
Suddenly, Every led by two and as he parred the next two holes, his margin
grew to three as Scott bogeyed the par-3 14th after six pars in a row.
However, Every opened the door for the field at the par-5 16th. He drove into
the right trees and his punch out attempt stopped in the rough. Every played
his third into the fairway, then dumped his fourth 25 feet from the hole.
He 2-putted for bogey there, and his lead was down to two over Scott. Every
missed the 18th green with his approach, but chipped to five feet. He missed
the putt and tapped in for bogey, and his lead was down to one.
"I was pretty focused. I really was," Every stated. "I hit a lot good shots.
Seventeen was perfect. It was right on line. I took a conservative line and
smoked it, but I guess I had the wind a little wrong. Then on 18, the same
exact thing. I couldn't have hit that ball any better on the line I was
Bradley, who was 2-over par on the day after 12 holes, birdied 16 and 17 to
move back into contention. He knocked his approach into the middle of the
green at the 18th, and needed to convert his 29-foot birdie putt or the
tournament was over.
The 2011 PGA Champion narrowly missed the putt and Every was victorious.
Scott also bogeyed the 17th to end two back.
NOTES: Every earned $1.116 million for the victory. This was his first PGA
Tour win in his 93rd tour start ... In his four previous starts at this event,
Every had finished no better than tied for 24th and had just one round in the
60s. He had two such rounds this week ... Scott drops to 6-4 when holding at
least a piece of the 54-hole lead ... Hunter Mahan withdrew on the second hole
with a back problem ... The tour heads to San Antonio next week for the Valero
Texas Open, where Martin Laird fired a 63 in the final round last year to
overtake Rory McIlroy and win for the first time on the PGA Tour.
03/23 20:22:58 ET