Golf roundup: Matt Every rides putter to Greenbrier lead

Matt Every was accurate off the tee but it was his work on the greens (just 26 putts) that led to his 8-under 62.
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Matt Every was accurate off the tee but it was his work on the greens (just 26 putts) that led to his 8-under 62.

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 Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.

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.’’

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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.


Brookline’s James Driscoll (68) is among a group of six tied for 11th, three behind the leader.

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.

Others advancing to the weekend include Kenny Perry at 5 under and Tom Watson at 3 under.

Because 81 players made the cut Friday at 1 under, there will be a 54-hole cut to get to the top 70 scores, plus ties.


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. Mickelson blamed his lackluster showings at the Greenbrier Classic on estimating distances with his iron shots.

‘‘They end up not just a yard or two off from where I figure, but they’re 10 or 12 yards off from where I figure,’’ he said.

European — Fabrizio Zanotti shot a 3-under 68 to lead by one stroke after the second round of the French Open in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines. 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.

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

Richard Sterne (69), Thomas Bjorn (69), and Soren Kjeldsen (68) are tied for second.

Graeme McDowell (69), Stephen Gallacher (70), Simon Dyson (68), and Graeme Storm (68) are two shots off the pace.