Matt Every Repeats as Champ at Bay Hill

Matt Every birdied the 72nd hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to beat Henrik Stenson by one stroke on Sunday at Bay Hill.  Apparently Every needs to play at Bay Hill all the time.

“It’s a weird game,” Every said. “Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards and I feel like that’s what I did.”(

Matt Every’s first PGA Tour win came last year at the API at Bay Hill.  This week was his 2nd career win.  In between was a whole lot of nothing.  He only has one other Top 10 to his name besides the two wins at Bay Hill.  How in the world is that possible?

Every grew up in Daytona Beach, just down the road from Bay Hill.  He attended the Arnold Palmer Invitational each year as a teen, dreaming about being in the field and winning one day.  Is that a factor?  Is the confortability of playing a “home game” a factor?  Who knows?  Golf is a funny game.

What cannot be questioned is the way in which Every played in route to winning.

Playing in the penultimate group, the 31-year old became the first player since Payne Stewart in 1987 to win at Bay Hill with all four rounds in the 60s.   Now that is golfing your ball as they say.  It was even more impressive considering the start power that was around him and in the hunt all weekend.

World No. 1, Rory McIlroy is starting to look like the best player in the world again.   His game is shaping up at just the right time with Augusta just a few short weeks away.  He finished T11.

Zach Johnson made a weekend charge with scores of 68 & 66 including an albatross on No. 16 Sunday.

Of course the big Swede, Henrik Stenson was the biggest obstacle in Every’s path.  The No. 2 ranked player in the world held the 54-hole lead by 2 strokes.  Most people we spoke to Sunday had all but handed the title to Stenson before he even teed it up.  There was no way he was going to lose.  Ummmm…..

Stenson was in control as he walked up to the 16th green.  He had the lead and was looking at a downhill eagle putt.  Three putts and a heroic 18-foot birdie putt by Every on 18 and the tournament was lost for Stenson.  It was quite an incredible turn about of events to watch.


Congratulation Matt Every.  Keep winning this thing and Mr. Palmer may ask you to co-host the event with him!

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