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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Matt Every

Around the wider world of golf: It was a lost week for 54-hole leaders. Karrie Webb nabbed her 41st LPGA victory at the JTBC Founders Cup; Jeff Maggert won his first Champions Tour start at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic; and Carlos Ortiz won his first Web.com Tour title at the Panama Claro Championship; Our exceptions for the week? Marcelo Rozo closed out his 54-hole lead for another NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica win at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open, and Rikako Morita did likewise at the JLPGA's T-Point Ladies. (The Constructivist has details on that last one.)

Every gets his due from the King

I have a book called Wild at Heart, in which author John Eldridge says that every man eventually asks himself one question: "Do I have what it takes?"

Matt Every doesn't have to ask that question anymore. Every has been runner-up a couple of times before but hasn't been quite able to get the job done. Sunday he finally did it by beating out two major champions and his own nerves. In fact, he was the only player in the last 2 groups to break par, despite his struggles over the last few holes as he became aware that he was no longer the pursuer but the pursued.

Here's his after-tournament interview with PGATOUR Radio, where he discusses those tough shots coming in:



Every becomes only the 2nd Big Break alum to win on the PGA Tour. (Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey is the other, of course.) Perhaps it's appropriate that he finally broke through at the King's tournament since that was the first event he ever attended as a child. He cried when he won... but the smile in the photo with Arnie says it all, doesn't it?

This wraps up a wild Florida Swing. You have to hand it to Gary Williams on Sunday's Morning Drive who, when his cohorts picked either Scott or Bradley to win, noted that none of the eventual winners had been the favorites going into the final round... and then said he was betting on Matt Every to take the title.

As Every prepares for his first trip to Augusta, I offer up this little Limerick Summary for the newest of the new blood to make their mark this season:
I guess you can call him an Everyman.
People wondered, “When things don’t go quite to plan
And the stress makes him quake,
Can he seize his Big Break?”
That’s a question no more, folks. Matt Every can.
The photo came from the tournament wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

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