WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The first page of the Greenbrier Classic leaderboard is filled with golfers who will get to do something they are unaccustomed to lately: Playing on the weekend in a PGA Tour event.
Matt Every shot an 8-under-par 62 on Friday for a one-stroke lead over five players midway through the Greenbrier Classic.
Every needed a mere 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,” he said. “I haven’t made anything all year and it just finally happened today.”
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Every, 29, has yet to win on the PGA Tour but said, “I know I can win out here.”
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).
Players at 7 under are Ben Curtis (66), Greg Owen (66), Jonas Blixt (67) and Tommy Gainey (71).
Ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (70) was tied for 48th place at 2 under and Andres Gonzales (68) of Olympia was tied for 60th at 1 under.
Players with scores of 140 and worse missed the cut, a group that included Kyle Stanley (77-68—145) of Gig Harbor, Jeff Gove (72-77—149) of Seattle and the sixth-ranked player in the world, Phil Mickelson (74-68—142).
Mickelson has missed three consecutive cuts at one tournament for the first time in his pro career. He has struggled with distances on iron shots at the Greenbrier.
“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,” Mickelson said.
Every had missed cuts in four of his last five tournaments. Before this week, Wagner went seven straight tournaments without advancing to the third round. Other missed-cuts streaks that were snapped this week were five straight for Lunde, four for Bowditch and three for Summerhays.
John Daly withdrew and later tweeted he needed elbow surgery and would miss up to four months.
• Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the French Open in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He was at 6-under 136 for 36 holes.