Thanks to my buddy Loper for urging me to find Matt Every’s post-round interview on Thursday after he fired a course record nine-under 63 to take the early lead. Now, of course Every has gained notoriety most recently for his epic, pretty awkward sit-down with Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman at the Sony Open in January. (In case anyone needs a refresher, go here.)
Well, he continued his streak of giving pseudo-uncomfortable yet amazing on-camera interviews at the Valero Texas Open. (I practically played the byte on loop last night!) The clip isn’t available on YouTube and it took some digging on GolfChannel.com to find the footage buried in a “Golf Central” update (which seems to have disappeared into the deep, dark archives of the website), but good news! — you can hear the sound byte after the jump.
So, Matt, it’s been “feast or famine” for you this year. You’ve either played well or missed the cut. Are you trying to become more consistent? Uh, well, obviously. To Every’s credit, he rolled with the strangely-worded question and gave a good answer, not to mention pretty funny.
“I don’t know about more consistent,” he said. “I’m cool with missing a cut here and there — it gives you the weekend off sometimes…”
He comes across much better in his press conferences or if you’re talking to him one-on-one. Some people just aren’t comfortable on camera. I mean, if you read his transcripts from the Sony Open, they were quite refreshing and well-expressed.
If you’ve paid any attention to the tournament, then you know conditions have been difficult, especially in the afternoon when the nonsensical gusts of wind pick up and give the players fits.
Every didn’t play nearly as well on Friday since he got the bad end of the wave. He ended up posting a two-over 74 in the rain-delayed second round. However, scores are so high that he is still right up near the top of the leaderboard at T2, trailing Ben Curtis (why, hello there!) by two with a few holes to play on Saturday.
In between the Shell Houston Open and the RBC Heritage (so the week of the Masters), Every made some major changes. First, he fired his swing coach and he’s adopted a new technique, where if he doesn’t feel like he’s swinging well, he’ll stop and go putt instead of grinding and tinkering all day long at the range. “I’m not a robot,” he said.
Second, he let go of his caddie and (re)hired an old friend who looped for him a few years back — Derek Mason. So far, so good. Every shot the low round (67) last Sunday in tough conditions at Hilton Head and surged to finish T8.
Sometimes you just need a change. Or something’s got to change. That’s usually the answer when you’ve run out of answers.