ORLANDO, Fla. – Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour, and isn’t quite sure how it happened.
He was nine shots behind 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott going into the weekend at Bay Hill. He was still four back of the Australian going into the final round Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Later, Every figured playing the last three holes in even par would do the trick. He made two bogeys.
“I … I … I can’t believe I won,” the 30-year-old said. “I just … I really can’t.”
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Every, who missed a 4-foot par putt on the last hole, closed with a 2-under-par 70 for a 13-under 275 total. He won in his 93rd PGA Tour start and earned $1.116 million.
Keegan Bradley (72) was second at 12 under. Scott (76) had putting problems and finished third.
“I’m annoyed that I didn’t do better today,” Scott said. “Sometimes you’ve got to be hard on yourself. Sometimes you don’t.”
Ryan Moore (73) of Puyallup tied for 60th place at 3 over and Michael Putnam (75), who is from University Place, tied for 70th at 6 over.
Every grew up 90 minutes away in Daytona Beach and used to come to Bay Hill as a kid to watch the tournament. And he beat the Masters champ to earn his own spot in the Masters next month.
“Being close to winning out here, it can be kind of discouraging because if you don’t win, you just wonder if it’s ever going to happen,” Every said. “And sometimes you tell yourself, ‘Well, maybe it’s meant to be somewhere else, somewhere better.’ I don’t see how it could get much better than this — being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome.”
• Jeff Maggert made a 50-foot putt on the 17th hole and won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss. Maggert, 50, became the 17th player in the history of the 50-and-older Champions Tour to win in his debut.
Maggert, a three-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 4-under 68 for a 54-hole total of 11-under 205. He earned $240,000. Billy Andrade (71) was second at 9 under.
Seattle native Fred Couples (72) was fifth at 7 under.
• Carlos Ortiz of Mexico won the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 for a four-stroke victory over Jason Gore (66). Ortiz, 22, finished at 12-under 268 and earned $112,500.
Ex-Washington Huskies player Nick Taylor (67) tied for sixth place at 6 under; Andrew Putnam (72) of University Place tied for 15th at 3 under; Andres Gonzales (70) of Olympia tied for 25th at 1 under; and ex-UW Husky Alex Prugh (73) of Spokane tied for 30th at even par.
• Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, a 39-year-old Australian, won the JTBC Founders Cup, an LPGA Tour event in Phoenix. Webb closed with a 9-under 63 for a 19-under 269 total and earned $225,000 for her one-stroke victory.
Stacy Lewis (66), Azahara Munoz (67), Amy Yang (67), Mirim Lee (69) and Lydia Ko (70) tied for second place.