CHARLESTON, S.C. ' Matt Every shot a course-record 9-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
Every, 49th on the money list, needs to finish solo third or higher to possibly move into the final top 25 ' the cutoff for 2010 PGA Tour cards.
The 25-year-old former University of Florida player had an 11-under 133 total on the Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course. He had 10 birdies and a bogey to break the course record of 64 set Thursday by money leader Michael Sim .
When I got done yesterday I thought 2 under par was good and then I saw on the scoreboard Michael birdied eight holes in a row and I thought there was no way, that's wrong, and it wasn't, Every said.
It was great out there today. Early in the round I was hitting everything to within 6 feet of the hole. I feel like I'm playing good again so it's fun.
Sim (70) and fellow Australian Cameron Percy (65) were tied for second, Fabian Gomez (65) was 9 under, and Jerod Turner (64) and Josh Teater (67) followed at 8 under.
Every bogeyed the par-4 10th hole.
No. 10 was a good bogey, said Every, who has missed 10 cuts in 25 events this year. I pull-hooked my tee shot into the left sand trap. When I got to my ball I noticed I didn't have a stance. I wound up chunking it into the next sand trap. Then I proceeded to chunk it again, this time into the fairway about 50 yards away. I got up and down for my bogey and I was pleased with a 5.
Sim, who turned 25 on Friday, eagled the par-4 second hole and birdied No. 3 to get to 11 under. After dropping three strokes on the back nine, be birdied the par-5 18th. After the birdie, the crowd sang
It lightens the mood, Sim said. I was kind of beating my head there on the back nine and to come in and hear people singing to you is a nice way to finish.
Percy birdied four of his final five holes.