Every takes down struggling Scott for Bay Hill title


Matt Every shot a 2-under 70 Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Every was aided by a struggling Adam Scott, who started the weekend with a seven-shot lead but went 71-76 and wasn't able to finish it off. Here's the skinny from the final round at Bay Hill:

Leaderboard: Matt Every (-13), Keegan Bradley (-12), Adam Scott (-11), Jason Kokrak (-10), Henrik Stenson (-9), Francesco Molinari (-9), Erik Compton (-9)

What it means: With a chance to become the No. 1 player in the world heading into the Masters, Scott blew a huge opportunity Sunday at Bay Hill. Scott had a three-shot lead to start the day, but an ice-cold putter, and a good round by Every, ended his hopes for a title. Now, Every has a huge check to deposit into his bank account, and he'll be making his first trip to the Masters in two weeks.

Round of the day: Every's 70 wasn't the lowest of the day, but it was enough to secure the victory. Every birdied Nos. 9, 10, 12 and 13 to build a two-shot lead over a struggling Scott. After Scott bogeyed the par-3 14th, Every had a three-shot lead with three holes to go. He bogeyed the par-5 16th and the par-4 18th, but Every nearly holed a bunker shot on the par-3 17th to make what turned out to be the winning par. Bradley had a long birdie putt at the 18th that would have forced a playoff, but it veered just left of the cup.

Best of the rest: After winning the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles last season, an admittedly drained Henrik Stenson was off to a sluggish start in 2014. But he fired a bogey-free 68 in the final round to finish T-5 and gain some momentum heading into the first major of the season.

Biggest disappointment: The defending Masters champion had the title in his hands, but Scott's sloppy final round was shocking. All he had to do over the final two days was shoot even par, but Scott couldn't get it done. It also means the last two times Scott has been in contention, he's walked away empty-handed. In December, he started the final round of the Australian Open with a four-shot lead, but he lost a chance at the Aussie triple crown to Rory McIlroy.

Shot of the day: Every's drive on No. 9 was left of the fairway and in danger of going out of bounds, but it managed to stay right of the cart path and kept on rolling down a dirt path. It finished at 339 yards, and Every knocked a wedge onto the green and holed the birdie putt to start his run toward victory.