One of the initial favorites to win the series, Every entered Tuesdays episode tied for third in the point standings at 13, only six points behind leader Hiroshi Matsuo, but suffered a 10 point loss to plummet to a total of three points. After missing the cut, which was set at the top six spots, he was ousted from the series in a five-man Elimination Challenge.
Matsuo added nine points for a two-episode total of 28 points, one better than Anthony Rodriguez, who also had nine points for the day. Gerry James and Benoit Beisser each recorded 14 points to tally the most during the second show of the 12-week series.
Big Break: Mesquite has implemented a new scoring system to give the series a tournament feel. Each of the 12 shows will consist of challenges that allow the players to earn points that will be used to determine which players make or fail to make the cut. The cut line varies from episode to episode and is based on the players cumulative points for the series. The cut will be announced at the start of each show and will be applied directly after that episodes final Points Challenge. Players who make the cut advance directly to the next episode. Players who fail to make the cut will go to the Elimination Challenge. The competitor with the worst performance in a shows Elimination Challenge will be eliminated from Big Break: Mesquite.
I just wanted to go (all) out and work my way up the leaderboard, Every said of his strategy after the first episode. If I had to go to an Elimination Challenge, so be it. I cant play this game scared.
Execution, not fear, was the issue for Every. After joining Mark Farrell, Kevin Taylor, Matt Vick and Josh Warthen in the Elimination Challenge, he failed to hit the shots he - and others - expected.
When he got eliminated, I was just stunned, Matsuo said in a GolfChannel.com blog. It just shows you anything can happen in golf under this kind of format.
In typical Every bravado, in his mind he was THE player to beat in the series. He envisioned being the best player in Big Break history and then playing in the 2008 Mayakoba Golf Classic on the PGA TOUR after winning Big Break: Mesquite.
Some people would consider such an attitude cocky. And it is. However, it isnt bragging if its a fact, and the undisputable truth is that Every enjoyed a stellar collegiate career. After foregoing a scholarship to the University of North Florida, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native decided to walk-on at the University of Florida. It turned out to be a brilliant decision. He played as a sixth man during his freshman year, but fell into a spot when a player above him got a chronic case of the shanks.
Over the next three years, he was named a two-time Ping All-American and was a one-time honorable mention, won four tournaments, and recorded nine top-10 finishes in 12 stroke-play events, including five in a row his junior year. Every topped off his career by winning the 2006 Ben Hogan Award for the nations top collegiate golfer. In addition, he made it to the match play of the Pub-Links, was on the winning Walker and Palmer Cup teams and was the low amateur at the U.S. Open, finishing tied for 28th.
You are going to see this kid in the top 30 on TOUR one day, predicts fellow contestant Gerry James. He is loaded with talent.
Impressive stuff, but a strong resume will get you only so far in Big Break: Mesquite. And like his beloved Gators, Every can only ponder the possibilities of an opportunity that slipped away.