Golf: Every bit pleased: Leader eyes 1st tour win

2013-07-06T00:00:00Z Golf: Every bit pleased: Leader eyes 1st tour winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The first page of the Greenbrier Classic leaderboard is filled with golfers who'll get to do something they're unaccustomed to lately: Playing on the weekend.

Matt Every shot an 8-under 62 on Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic.

Every needed just 26 putts during his best round of the year and is at 9 under for the tournament on the Old White TPC course. He missed four putts inside 12 feet that could have made his bogey-free second round even more special.

"I played really well tee to green, finally made some putts," Every said. "I haven't made anything all year and it just finally happened today. Been waiting for it."

Every has been in this position before, leading after the first round of the 2012 Texas Open and tying for the third-round lead at the 2012 Sony Open, yet the 29-year-old is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory.

"I know I can win out here," he said.

One stroke behind him at 8 under are Russell Henley (65), Bill Lunde (66), Daniel Summerhays (67), Steven Bowditch (67) and first-round co-leader Johnson Wagner (70).

Four others are two shots behind at 7 under. Ben Curtis and Greg Owen each shot 66, Jonas Blixt had a 67 and first-round co-leader Tommy Gainey a 71.

The posh Greenbrier resort is in a small town named for its hot spring waters that the locals have touted for centuries for their healing qualities. It seems as though the Greenbrier Classic is doing wonders for some golfers, too.

Prior to this week, Wagner went seven straight tournaments without advancing to the third round. Other streaks that were broken this week were five straight for Lunde, four for Bowditch and three for Summerhays.

Every had missed cuts in four of his last five tournaments, and Owen and Curtis had in three in their last four. Gainey made the cut for only the 10th time in 23 tries.

"It's coming down to the end of the year," Every said. "It's a big week for a lot of people. If you play good it can change your life."

Henley is an exception with one missed cut in his last four tournaments, which includes a sixth-place finish at the Memorial. He's 16th in the FedEx Cup points standings. Every (104th) and Summerhays (123) are the only other players within two shots of the lead who are in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.

The playoffs are less than two months away.

"It's crunch time," Wagner said. "We've got to make these playoffs."

Phil Mickelson is already assured of getting the weekend off. He shot 68 on Friday and finished at 2 over.

It marked the first time in his career that Mickelson missed three consecutive cuts at one tournament. He blamed his lackluster showings at the Greenbrier Classic on estimating distances with his iron shots.

Also, John Daly withdrew and tweeted later that he needed elbow surgery and would be away from golf for up to four months.

European Tour

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France - Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot a 3-under 68 to lead by one stroke after the second round of the French Open.

He made four birdies and a bogey for a 6-under total of 136. Ranked 391st in the world, the Paraguayan has three runner-up finishes in his career and finished 40th at last year's French Open.

"On a course like this, I think that you have to accept everything," Zanotti said. "It's playing very tough and the greens are getting hard, so it's going to be very hard. Like I said, keep patient and have fun."

The Albatross course of Le Golf National will host the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Richard Sterne (69) of South Africa and Danish pair Thomas Bjorn (69) and Soren Kjeldsen (68) were a shot back in a tie for second.

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