Every goes low and then goes off

By Associated PressJanuary 14, 2012, 8:48 am

HONOLULU (AP)—Matt Every feels like a rookie again on the PGA Tour. He canonly hope it turns out better.

Two years ago, the ultra-confident Floridian missed six weeks in the springwith a broken finger.

In the summer, the PGA Tour suspended him for three months following hisarrest during the John Deere Classic on a misdemeanor drug charge. Agents werecalled to a casino hotel because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from theroom he was in.

Every apologized in a statement for showing poor judgment that week. Afterhis 6-under 64 on Friday gave him a two-shot lead in the Sony Open, he blamedpolice for the way the arrest was handled, and questioned the length of hissuspension.

He didn’t return until the final event of the year, too late for him to tryto keep his card. He didn’t make it through Q-school, went back to theNationwide Tour, and here he is back in the big leagues.

His season got off to a good start—until he walked off the course.

Every said his 64 was just “normal stuff.” After he brought up the troublehe got into in the summer of 2010, he didn’t hold back on the arrest, thesuspension or how he is perceived.

“I don’t think the police handled it very well. But whatever,” Every said.“And the tour, too, man. If they would have thrown a month at me instead ofthree, that would have been nice.”

Did the punishment fit the crime?

“Probably,” he said. “But there’s nothing I can do about it now. I’m notbigger than the tour—never will be. It’s their call, and I did it, and it’sover with.”

Every described it as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Perfectstorm,” he said.

He made it clear that he doesn’t do drugs and he’s not a party animal. Everyis married and expecting his first child in June. But he also said very littleabout him has changed since that episode.

“I still hang out with the same people,” he said. “I have great friends,man. If one of my friends likes to smoke marijuana every now and then, I’m notgoing to say, `Well, you can’t be my friend anymore.’ Honestly, man, I know morepeople who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana. I know that’sprobably not the politically correct thing to say, but it’s the truth.”

In an awkward interview with Golf Channel on the topic, Every said he didn’tthink it was a big deal.

“There’s a lot worse stuff that goes on out here than when I got in troublefor,” he said.

Asked about the outcome of the charge, Every said he had to “stay out oftrouble” for a year. One of his agents at Goal Marketing, Kevin Canning,declined comment when asked how the case was disposed.

As for golf, Every made it sound as though it was just another day onmanicured fairways.

“Just played good,” said Every, who was at 10-under 130. “I just didn’tmake many mistakes and made some good putts, hit some good irons, just kind ofnormal stuff.”

His normal stuff was enough to put him atop the leaderboard through 36 holesfor the first time on the PGA Tour, not bad for a guy who took four years to getto the big leagues.

He had a two-shot lead over David Hearn , who kept a Canadian presence on theleaderboard with a 66, and Carl Pettersson , who played what might have been oneof the easiest par 5s ever.

Pettersson finished on the 504-yard ninth, which was playing with theunusual Kona wind.

The goal is to keep the tee shot away from a bunker and the driving range onthe left, and out of the canal on the right. After that, it wasn’t really a par5. There were 27 eagles, and the hole averaged 3.957, lower that seven of thepar 4s at Waialae.

Pettersson had sand wedge for his second shot, which he hit to 10 feet for atwo-putt birdie.

“It felt weird,” Pettersson said. “I freaked out. I said to my caddie,`Are you sure?’ It just didn’t feel right.”

He wasn’t the only player who took advantage. Erik Compton , in his firsttournament as a PGA Tour member, was outside the cut line when he wentbirdie-eagle on the eighth and ninth holes to make the cut on the number at1-under 139.

Brendon de Jonge switched putters to start the new season. He opened with a71. He went back to his old putter on Friday and shot 62. That put him at7-under 133, along with Pat Perez , who is going through a myriad of changes onand off the course and had a 67.

Also at 133 was Doug LaBelle, in the Sony Open after he made it through aMonday qualifier for the third time.

Steve Stricker , trying to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 tosweep the Hawaii events, was tied for the lead until he caught a plugged lie inthe bunker on his 10th hole and made double bogey. He wound up with a 69, stillonly five shots behind.

Also five back was Tadd Fujikawa , who made a big splash on his native Oahufive years ago by making the cut at age 16.

It wasn’t long before he turned pro, but the road through the mini-tours hasbeen tough. Fujikawa, immensely popular in these parts because of his humblebackground, received a late exemption and shot 66 on Friday.

Every said he is behind where he should be, attributing that to atroublesome rookie season in 2010.

He broke his finger in April, keeping him out for six weeks, then ran intotrouble with the marijuana charge at the John Deere Classic. He returned to playseven more tournaments before he was suspended, and wound up 160th on the moneylist.

“I kind of feel like a rookie out here,” Every said. “My rookie year …I almost kept my status and played half the tournaments that everybody elseplayed. I feel like it was a pretty good year for me. I just didn’t get to playmuch.”

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.