Every-Man Has His Day
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/24/14
Matt Every has had a long and slow road to winning on the PGA Tour. After carding two bogeys in his final three holes on Sunday, he thought he would be waiting even longer. The result might have appeared heroic if this near-perfect bunker shot had fallen, as it should have:

But the other contenders either slipped and fell, or couldn't go low enough to sneak into the winner's circle at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Adam Scott tied the Bay Hill course record on Thursday and still held a 2-shot lead after 54 holes on Saturday night. And that was in spite of taking 31 putts with his broomstick in the third round. But with the #1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings within his reach, Scott took another 32 putts on Sunday and skidded to a final-round 76, finishing alone in third.
"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.

"If nothing else, it's a good reminder on how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is. And if I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that's, I guess, maybe what gave me the chance to win."
Keegan Bradley had a chance as well; after a double-bogey at 2 and a bogey at 3, the 2011 PGA champion righted the ship with birds at 4 and 6. But it was more of the same on the closing nine — and when he couldn't get a 30-foot birdie putt to fall at the 18th, Every had his first PGA Tour victory.

Afterward, the 30-year-old former University of Florida Gator was still shell-shocked by how he won:

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
i see what you did there.
jasonfish11 says:
Scott only had a 2 shot lead after 54. 7 shots after 36.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Noted and corrected, Jason. I was reading too fast there.
falcon50driver says:
Terrible shame that sand shot didn't fall, You can't hit it any better than that. It's good that that wasn't the difference in the tournament.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I am a bit surprised that the flag-sticks at Bay Hill aren't tapered at the bottom, so that good shots would be rewarded. I wonder whether or not this is PGA Tour rule, or left to the discretion of the course superintendents at each venue.
falcon50driver says:
It looks like the stick is small diameter all the way up. The flagsticks we are used to seeing seem to be bigger and taper to the size in the video, I dunno.
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