Matt Every celebrates his win at Bay Hill with wife Danielle & son Liam.
Orlando, Florida - Matt Every's first time attending a PGA Tour event as a child was at Bay Hill with
his father. The Daytona Beach native grew up idolizing fellow Floridian Mark Calcavecchia. Every had
come so close to winning several times, only to come up short . . . he told himself "Maybe it's going
to be somewhere special." Special indeed, the Arnold Palmer Invitational isn't just any event, it's "The
Kings" event. On a day when most of the leaderboard challengers struggled, Every, shot a final round
70 - 13 under par total. A participant of Golf Channel's Big Break Mesquite in 2007 - Every is now the
second participant of the show to win on the PGA Tour (Tommy Gainey was the first).
As Adam Scott struggled (shooting a final round 76), Every surged. The Florida Gator made four
birdies in a five hole stretch to take the lead for good on the short par-4 thirteenth. It briefly looked
like Adam Scott might re-take control when Every bogeyed the par-5 sixteenth and Scott had an eagle
putt in makeable range. The Aussie 3 putted, all but ending his hopes of winning and taking over the
world #1 ranking from Tiger Woods. While Scott and Every were wobbling coming in, Keegan Bradley
was rallying, but his birdie putt on the last never took the break - leaving him at -12, one shot short
of forcing a playoff.
Understandably, Adam Scott was disappointed with himself afterward, "Sometimes you've got to be
hard on yourself, sometimes you don't . . . and I think I was getting into a really good spot and had
an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I'm annoyed that
I didn't do better today." Scott's 63 putts over the final two rounds were a reminder to him of how
he captured the Green Jacket. "If nothing else, it's a good reminder on how much putting practice I
need to do going to the Masters, and just how important it is. If I think back to last year, I made every
putt that you expect to in the last round, and ultimately, that's I guess maybe what gave me the chance
Every was still soaking it in afterward, "I don't see how it could get much better than this, being so
close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome."
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