Matt Every finished tied for 6th in his first start since returning to the PGA TOUR after finishing 18th on the Nationwide Tour Money List. Tim was watching the Golf Channel broadcast on Friday night and he knew that Saturday would be a busy day based on what Every said in his interview with Kelly Tilghman. Having never met Every, he got to work to find out about him from the people he knew including coaches, caddies, and friends. He was unable to find anyone from any point in his life who said that Every was a jerk or otherwise a bad person. For instance, University of Florida coach Buddy Alexander said Every was one of his best and well-behaved players who never gave him or anyone else on the team any problems. While he is not trying to turn Every into a hero, he is trying to make sure that Matt gets a fair shake.
Many people who are close to Every were hoping that he would simply accept responsibility or just give a politically correct answer but they know that he is not that type of person and he certainly was not that type of person during his press interviews on Friday on this subject. A red flag went up when Every said that worse behavior goes on on the PGA TOUR than the behavior that he was punished for. If Tim Rosaforte were the Commissioner, he would probably lay down the law over that remark. In theory, Every’s comments on this subject may go through a review process among PGA TOUR officials who will then lay down some kind of discipline.
Dustin Johnson is making his return to golf one week early at the Humana Challenge and based on the people that he has talked to, a number of people are quite surprised at this decision because they are wondering if he is ready to come back after having surgery on his right knee. Game wise, he seems to be swinging well in South Florida and he obviously has a great deal of talent. He wonders if D.J. will get to the Humana Challenge and do what Steve Marino did. Marino went to the Sony Open after having surgery and then played poorly and missed the cut.
Johnson Wagner is a confident guy who has now won twice on the PGA TOUR in the last 10 months. His swing coach says that Wagner is working very hard to make sure his swing is in sync especially after working out often in the offseason and losing around 20 pounds. He and his swing coach Bobby Heins have worked to get back to basics over the last couple of years. After starting 2011 without status, he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in what would be his only top 10 finish of the year. He said that Wagner is not unlike a Ben Crenshaw who did not finish in the top 10 often but when he did, he tended to win a lot of the time.
Anthony Kim is playing in the Humana Challenge and he says that he is motivated this year to play well again and bring his game back to the level he had it in 2008-2010. Tim is interested to see what Kim does in 2012.