Tag Archives: Matt Every

Aug
11
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

In case you can’t remember that the PGA Championship is a major, the PGA of America’s new slogan — as of last year — will remind you…constantly…with signage all around Whistling Straits.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we were last here in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for the 2010 PGA, which was perhaps the most compelling major of that season, with various names making moves on the back nine and then of course the heartbreaking finish and bunker-not-a-bunker fiasco that kept Dustin Johnson out of a playoff for the Wanamaker Trophy. (It’s even crazier when I realize that it was only the third major I’d ever covered.)

If we have anything close to as much drama as we did in 2010, we’re in for a treat this week. Let’s just hope we don’t have any major rules blunders on the 72nd hole of the tournament and we’ll be quite alright. 

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Jun
17
2015

Thank God, it’s finally Wednesday evening the first tee ball will be struck in less than 12 hours. I don’t know about you, but I’m fatigued with all the pre-tourney hype and all the unknowns of this unprecedented U.S. Open at Chambers Bay — long hitters will have an advantage, but wait, they may not; good iron players will play well or maybe not; great lag putters will perform well or perhaps not; and so on and so forth. You get the point.

Either way, I spoke with a bunch of players about their thoughts on the course. I also walked with Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman and Steve Marino in their practice round on the back nine Wednesday afternoon (which took three friggin’ hours because the group ahead of them ).

Here’s what I’ve learned the past couple of days, along with some interesting tidbits. Read on, my friends.

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Jun
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Everyone is intrigued and some are appalled by Robert Trent Jones Jr’s major design — that is, Chambers Bay — in University Place, Washington, which is about an hour south of Seattle. The course is a relative unknown or absolute unknown to just about everyone, with the exception of the U.S. Amateur being played here in 2010, but since then, it’s had time to grow in and mature, so it’s not really the same track.

Chambers Bay is different, interesting, unique, long, brown, hilly — or “inventive,” as Jordan Spieth dubbed.

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Mar
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

There was a little bit of deja vu for Matt Every on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A year ago, he entered the final round trailing by four strokes and ended up hoisting the trophy when it was all said and done. This year, he overcame a three-shot deficit, posting a six-under 66 to successfully defend his title and beating 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson by one stroke.

Every came up in the clutch on the difficult par-4 18th. Faced with a downhill 17-footer for birdie to take the lead, he made it for what turned out to be for the win. He even had some help from a friendly fan.

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Jan
16
2015

Matt Every was disqualified from the Sony Open during the second round for playing with a non-conforming golf club in competition. Every said he bent his 4-iron “out of frustration” on the 18th hole on Thursday at Waialae Country Club and accidentally used it on the same hole (which was his 9th of the day) on Friday.

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Mar
23
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Every Given Sunday

Finally, Every’s day

Matt Every wondered if he’d ever win on the PGA Tour. He knew he was good enough, but it’s a humbling game, especially when you’re playing against the best in the world on a weekly basis. Finally, it was Every’s time on Sunday at Bay Hill as he captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a shot over Keegan Bradley to secure his maiden victory. 

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Jul
5
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Oh no

Ugh, not again!

For the third straight year, Phil Mickelson, who was making his first start since his (sixth) U.S. Open heartbreak, will not play the weekend at the Greenbrier Classic. Mickelson finally broke par in his sixth round at The Old White TPC, shooting a two-under 68 on Friday, but it wasn’t good enough to counter his opening four-over 74.

“It has been a frustrating three years for me playing like this on a golf course that I really admire and respect,” said Mickelson.

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May
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Boo's back!

Booooooooooooooo! No, they’re not booing! They’re Boo’ing.

Golf is better when Tiger Woods is winning tournaments and the only thing that makes it more fun is when Boo Weekley wins, too. He’s a redneck and talks like one (“ain’t” is a regular in his vocabulary), loves beer (the cheap, American kind) and singing (if you’re walking down the fairway with him, he’ll likely be crooning and making up his own lyrics to a familiar tune), and I’m pretty sure he golfs to support his fishing habit.

What you see is what you get, though he is smarter than he may lead you to believe, and everybody loves Boo, who broke his five-year victory drought at the Colonial Invitational. 

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May
8
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Singh sues

Singh admitted he used deer antler spray and it’s the Tour’s fault? 

As expected, TPC Sawgrass was buzzing with the news of Vijay Singh, who filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, the day before its flagship event, The Players Championship. It was a surprising turn of events since the Tour had cleared Singh of any wrongdoing last week, and the timing couldn’t have been any better — by better, I mean, worse.

Singh’s complaint purports the Tour’s action resulted in the Hall of Fame golfer to be “humiliated, ashamed, ridiculed, scorned and emotionally distraught.” (You can read the full complaint here.) He also claims the Tour acted unlawfully in the handling of the testing of the deer antler spray that Singh used. 

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Apr
28
2013
Billy Ho

Billy Ho celebrating

Everyone on Tour knew it was only a matter of time before Billy Horschel secured his first PGA Tour victory. Horschel was playing too well. He was swinging too pure. He had made a Tour-leading 23 consecutive cuts. He had finished in the top-10 in his previous three starts — runner-up at the Shell Houston Open, T3 at the Texas Valero Open, and T9 at the RBC Heritage. He was simply due.

Despite two rain delays on Sunday at TPC Louisiana, including one that lasted almost an hour after the 26-year-old from Florida had hit his drive, Horschel kept his nerve and holed a birdie putt from 26 feet to clinch the victory at the Zurich Classic.

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