Every sits atop crowded leaderboard at Greenbrier


With Old White TPC again susceptible to low scores Friday, The Greenbrier Classic remains largely up for grabs after 36 holes. Here's how things shape up heading into Saturday's third round in West Virginia, where Matt Every leads after a sizzling 62:

Leaderboard: Matt Every (-9) Daniel Summerhays (-8), Bill Lunde (-8), Stephen Bowditch (-8), Russell Henley (-8), Johnson Wagner (-8), Ben Curtis (-7), Tommy Gainey (-7)

What it means: With a birdie on his final hole of the day, Every broke a logjam that had emerged at the top of the leaderboard. As a result he will take a slim advantage into the weekend, but things are far from decided in White Sulphur Springs, with 26 players within four shots of the lead to begin the third round.

Round of the day: Every's 8-under 62 was three shots better than anyone else Friday, and as a result the former Florida standout surged 48 spots up the leaderboard. Beginning on the back nine, Every notched birdies on each of his first two holes, adding red figures on holes 15 and 17 to turn in 4-under 32. He added four more birdies on his inward nine, completing a stellar round in which he reached 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

Best of the rest: Several players were able to shoot 5-under 65s in the second round Friday, but only Henley's resulted in a brief share of the lead. Already a winner this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Henley carded seven birdies during his round, moving into a large tie for second at 8 under despite a double bogey on the fifth hole.

Biggest disappointment: For the second day in a row it's Phil Mickelson, who shot 2-under 68 Friday, but will miss the cut for the third consecutive year at this event. Also considered for disappointment honors was Webb Simpson, who backpedaled after an opening 64, firing a 3-over 73 Friday to drop back into a tie for 37th.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With four of the top six names on the leaderboard, including Every, still in search of their maiden PGA Tour win, it will be interesting to see who is best able to handle the pressure. Should any of the leaders slip up, the chase group includes Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker, both just three shots back, while the Champions Tour's newest major winner, Kenny Perry, and defending champ Ted Potter, Jr. are among the group four shots off the pace at 5 under.

Quote of the day: 'It was kind of an ugly day on the greens, but a real good day for the ball-striking category.' – Tom Watson, who made the cut at age 63 after round of 69 and 68.