Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 6, 2013

Every putt drops

Logjam at the top halfway through Greenbrier Classic

By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Matt Every fired a 62 in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic to take a one-shot lead over five other golfers as the tournament makes the turn and heads for the weekend at the historic Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs.

“I played really well tee to green,” Every said. “I made some putts, hadn’t made anything all year and it just finally happened today. I prayed for it.”

Every, who played at The Greenbrier in 2010 and shot an opening round 63, said he likes the course and the way it is responding to play. He added that a lot of younger golfers like himself are playing this week for essentially their professional lives.

“It’s coming down to the end of the year. A lot of guys are trying to get inside the FedEx 125, the money, to keep their job next year,” Every pointed out. “It’s a big week for a lot of people, for myself. I mean every week’s a big week out here. If you play good it can change your life.”

A product of the University of Florida, Every’s best finish was a tie for second in the 2012 Valero Texas Open. He admitted that as of late there have been some unnerving times for him.

“I’ve been playing really good and it’s been really frustrating the last three weeks,” Every noted. “Last week I missed the cut by one…

“I’m very happy with how I played, but there was a stretch where I missed four putts inside of 12 feet, could have been really low today.”

Five golfers are tied for second place, including Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley and Virginia Tech alumnus Johnson Wagner, as they head into the third round a single shot behind the leader.

Wagner, a day after shooting a first round 62, cooled off in Friday’s second and shot an even par 70 to stay near the top.

“I started off a little nervous, pulled a couple of tee shots on 11 and 12, didn’t get away with the one on 11 but made a good birdie on 15 to make up for it,” Wagner said. “I had a bunch of good looks all day, I put myself in good position. I didn’t drive it quite as well as I did yesterday (Thursday).

“All in all felt pretty good about my game, just a little short with all the putts, a little nervous out there, so understandable. Greens in the afternoon generally get a little bumpier and I just didn’t quite have the pace on them. It was a good day, I’m happy to be close to the lead. It would have been nice to shoot another 62 and separate a little bit, but that’s what tomorrow’s for.”

The former Hokie is in rare territory and he hopes to take advantage of it over the next two days.

“I’m excited,” Wagner said. “I haven’t made a cut in seven tournaments, much less been in contention, so it’s really nice. That is why I play golf, to have a chance to win golf tournaments and I’m really excited about my position and the way I’m playing golf going into the weekend.”

Bowditch had to play his way onto the PGA Tour this year. His highest ever finish was a tie for 10th in the Tour Qualifier earlier this year at which he regained his Tour card. He finished tied for 15th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM in 2011. In Friday’s second round, Bowditch, from Perigian Beach, Australia, scored a 67 after playing a 65 in the first round.

“I really haven’t put myself in position really my whole career, so it’s going to be a new experience for me,” Bowditch said when asked about being so close to the lead going to the weekend. “I’ve been playing around, playing the game of golf now, this is my third year as a professional golfer, so I’ve gained a little bit of experience but not quite at this level.

“I’m going to go out there and play my game. My golf swing feels probably the best it’s felt in a long time now, so I’m sort of freewheeling it, which is nice. You don’t often get to do that in the game of golf, so just go out there and keep freewheeling and hopefully make some putts.”

Summerhays, a 2008 graduate of Brigham Young University whose best finish on the Tour was a tie for fourth in the 2012 Memorial, followed his 65 on Thursday with a 67 on Friday.

“I made a good about 12-footer for par on my second hole that kind of gets the round going all right,” Summerhays said. “Then I hit one real close on six and another one on eight with a 7-wood real close, so those easy birdies are always fun. I think the only difference from yesterday (Thursday) is I just didn’t make as many putts, but again, I’m giving myself some good chances and they’ll start falling over the weekend.”

Summerhays talked about his strategy for the final two days of the tournament.

“…what I’m going to try and do is just pick my target, hit the shot, and live with the result instead of trying to be so -- I mean, you can be too perfect out here and golf is not a game of perfect,” Summerhays said.

Lunde, who has a PGA Tour win in the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship, has been even keel in his two days on The Old White, shooting 66 in both rounds. He credits his early play for his staying among the leaders.

“I got off to a good start, made birdie on my first hole, kind of picked up where I left off yesterday (Thursday) with putting really well. I made a good putt on the first hole to kind of jump start the day,” Lunde said. “More than anything, today (Friday) I thought I hit the ball better tee to green. (I) didn’t putt quite as good, but still putted well.

“Yesterday (Thursday) I made a couple really unexpected bombs out there. All in all another solid day. It was nice to hit the ball a little better and still putt well today.”

Henley’s 65 on Friday followed a 67 Thursday. No. 3 on the 2012 Web.com Tour money list, the 24-year-old from Daniel Island, S.C. won the Sony Open earlier this year in Hawaii.

“I played well, I hit the ball a lot better today than I did yesterday and gave myself a lot of good chances and stayed patient,” Henley said. “It was kind of a breezy, inconsistent breeze out there today, so I just tried to keep giving myself chances.”

Henley said he is having a great time at the Classic, especially with the off-course events.

“I’m so happy we have these two concerts we can go to, unlike a lot of the events out here,” Henley said. “It’s really cool and unique and I love music and I’m really enjoying that…I definitely like Aerosmith, I like Kenny Chesney, so it’s working out good for me.”

—Contact Bob Redd at

bredd@bdtonline.com

Greenbrier Classic Scores



By The Associated Press

Friday

At The Greenbrier Resort, The Old White TPC

Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Purse: $6.3 million

Yardage: 7,287; par 70

Second Round

Matt Every    69-62    —    131

Daniel Summerhays    65-67    —    132

Bill Lunde    66-66    —    132

Steven Bowditch    65-67    —    132

Russell Henley    67-65    —    132

Johnson Wagner    62-70    —    132

Ben Curtis    67-66    —    133

Greg Owen    67-66    —    133

Tommy Gainey    62-71    —    133

Jonas Blixt    66-67    —    133

Jimmy Walker    69-65    —    134

Tag Ridings    65-69    —    134

Brendon de Jonge    66-68    —    134

James Driscoll    66-68    —    134

Jordan Spieth    67-67    —    134

D.H. Lee    66-68    —    134

Kenny Perry    68-67    —    135

D.A. Points    70-65    —    135

Ted Potter, Jr.    69-66    —    135

Brian Davis    67-68    —    135

Kevin Chappell    67-68    —    135

Chad Campbell    69-66    —    135

Matt Jones    69-66    —    135

Rory Sabbatini    70-65    —    135

Louis Oosthuizen    67-68    —    135

Bill Haas    68-67    —    135

Neal Lancaster    65-71    —    136

Brendan Steele    66-70    —    136

Morgan Hoffmann    69-67    —    136

Martin Flores    71-65    —    136

Jeff Overton    68-68    —    136

Pat Perez    71-65    —    136

Erik Compton    69-67    —    136

Ben Crane    66-70    —    136

Jason Kokrak    66-71    —    137

David Lingmerth    71-66    —    137

Brian Stuard    71-66    —    137

Davis Love III    67-70    —    137

Scott Stallings    70-67    —    137

Bubba Watson    68-69    —    137

George McNeill    66-71    —    137

Tom Watson    68-69    —    137

Alistair Presnell    68-69    —    137

Peter Hanson    66-71    —    137

Webb Simpson    64-73    —    137

Tim Petrovic    69-68    —    137

Jin Park    64-73    —    137

Richard H. Lee    68-70    —    138

John Senden    70-68    —    138

Charlie Wi    73-65    —    138

Dicky Pride    72-66    —    138

Brian Harman    68-70    —    138

Luke List    71-67    —    138

K.J. Choi    71-67    —    138

Scott Brown    66-72    —    138

Justin Leonard    68-70    —    138

Tom Gillis    67-71    —    138

Bryce Molder    71-67    —    138

Gary Christian    71-67    —    138

Robert Streb    69-70    —    139

Andres Romero    68-71    —    139

D.J. Trahan    70-69    —    139

Shawn Stefani    70-69    —    139

Carl Pettersson    69-70    —    139

Billy Horschel    69-70    —    139

Ryan Palmer    68-71    —    139

Cameron Percy    71-68    —    139

Andres Gonzales    71-68    —    139

Jim Herman    72-67    —    139

Michael Kim    70-69    —    139

Brad Fritsch    68-71    —    139

James Hahn    72-67    —    139

Chez Reavie    70-69    —    139

Fabian Gomez    70-69    —    139

Gary Woodland    69-70    —    139

Nick Watney    72-67    —    139

Cameron Tringale    73-66    —    139

Graham DeLaet    69-70    —    139

William McGirt    69-70    —    139

Troy Matteson    69-70    —    139

Brad Adamonis    68-71    —    139

Failed to qualify

Chris DiMarco    71-69    —    140

Woody Austin    68-72    —    140

Robert Karlsson    70-70    —    140

Michael Bradley    70-70    —    140

Sean O’Hair    70-70    —    140

Ryo Ishikawa    73-67    —    140

David Mathis    66-74    —    140

J.J. Henry    68-72    —    140

Roberto Castro    70-70    —    140

Justin Bolli    74-66    —    140

Ryan Blaum    71-69    —    140

Bobby Gates    70-70    —    140

Scott Piercy    72-69    —    141

Jeff Maggert    71-70    —    141

Will Claxton    72-69    —    141

Colt Knost    76-65    —    141

Luke Guthrie    73-68    —    141

Henrik Norlander    68-73    —    141

Andrew Svoboda    71-70    —    141

Stuart Appleby    70-71    —    141

Charles Howell III    69-72    —    141

Brian Gay    69-72    —    141

Casey Wittenberg    68-73    —    141

Josh Teater    72-69    —    141

Bob Estes    67-74    —    141

Michael Letzig    67-74    —    141

Ben Kohles    70-71    —    141

Donald Constable    72-69    —    141

Rod Pampling    72-70    —    142

Lucas Glover    72-70    —    142

Phil Mickelson    74-68    —    142

Mark Silvers    71-71    —    142

Jason Bohn    70-72    —    142

Ricky Barnes    70-72    —    142

Jason Gore    73-69    —    142

Mike Weir    72-70    —    142

Patrick Reed    70-72    —    142

Aaron Watkins    72-70    —    142

Scott Gardiner    72-70    —    142

Vijay Singh    73-70    —    143

Nicholas Thompson    72-71    —    143

Seung-Yul Noh    72-71    —    143

Si Woo Kim    71-72    —    143

Ken Duke    69-74    —    143

Charlie Beljan    72-71    —    143

Greg Chalmers    73-70    —    143

Vaughn Taylor    71-72    —    143

Billy Mayfair    71-72    —    143

Dan Obremski    71-73    —    144

Robert Allenby    74-70    —    144

Trevor Immelman    72-72    —    144

Aaron Baddeley    77-68    —    145

Boo Weekley    74-71    —    145

Kyle Stanley    77-68    —    145

Joey Snyder III    71-74    —    145

Scott Langley    73-72    —    145

Doug LaBelle II    74-71    —    145

Lee Janzen    70-75    —    145

Jonathan Byrd    75-70    —    145

Wes Short, Jr.    75-71    —    146

David Hearn    76-70    —    146

Eric Meierdierks    75-71    —    146

Kevin Shields    73-73    —    146

Stephen Ames    74-72    —    146

Bud Cauley    74-72    —    146

Lee Williams    72-74    —    146

Darron Stiles    77-70    —    147

Scott Verplank    77-70    —    147

Paul Haley II    74-73    —    147

Pat Carter    75-73    —    148

Jeff Gove    72-77    —    149

Ryan Zylstra    74-76    —    150

Jesper Parnevik    74-78    —    152

Steve LeBrun    76-79    —    155

John Daly    75    —    WD’



Greenbrier Classic Tee Times



Saturday Round Three

1:50 pm  Matt Every, Daniel Summerhay

1:40 pm       Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch

1:30 pm      Russell Henley, Johnson Wagner

1:20 pm  Ben Curtis, Greg Owen

1:10 p    m   Tommy Gainey, Jonas Blixt

1:00 p    m   Jimmy Walker, Tag Ridings

12:50 pm     Brendon de Jonge, James Driscoll

12:40 p    m  Jordan Spieth, D.H. Lee

12:30 pm      Kenny Perry, D.A. Points

12:20 pm      Ted Potter, Jr., Brian Davis

12:10 pm      Kevin Chappell, Chad Campbell

12:00 p    m  Matt Jones, Rory Sabbatini

11:50 am     Louis Oosthuizen, Bill Haas

11:40 am      Neal Lancaster, Brendan Steele

11:30 a    m  Morgan Hoffmann, Martin Flores

11:20 a    m Jeff Overton, Pat Perez

11:11 am     Erik Compton, Ben Crane

11:02 am     Jason Kokrak, David Lingmerth

10:53 a    m Brian Stuard, Davis Love III

10:44 am     Scott Stallings, Bubba Watson

10:35 a    m George McNeill, Tom Watson

10:26 a    m Alistair Presnell, Peter Hanson

10:17 a    m Webb Simpson, Tim Petrovic

10:08 am Jin Park, Richard H. Lee

9:59 a    m John Senden, Charlie Wi

9:50 am     Dicky Pride, Brian Harman

9:41 am Luke List, K.J. Choi

9:32 am Scott Brown, Justin Leonard

9:23 am Tom Gillis, Bryce Molder

9:14 am Gary Christian, Robert Streb

9:05 a    m Andres Romero, D.J. Trahan

8:56 am     Shawn Stefani, Carl Pettersson

8:47 a    m Billy Horschel, Ryan Palmer

8:38 a    m Cameron Percy, Andres Gonzales

8:29 am Jim Herman, Michael Kim

8:20 am  Brad Fritsch, James Hahn

8:11 am      Chez Reavie, Fabian Gomez

8:02 a    m Gary Woodland, Nick Watney

7:53 a    m Cameron Tringale, Graham DeLaet

7:44 a    m William McGirt, Troy Matteson

7:35 am     Brad Adamonis



Daytona -           Coke Zero 400     



By The Associated Press

After Friday qualifying; race Saturday

At Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Lap length: 2.5 miles

(Car number in parentheses)

1. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 193.723 mph.

2. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 193.299.

3. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 193.158.

4. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 193.154.

5. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 193.129.

6. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 193.075.

7. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 193.058.

8. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.009.

9. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 192.984.

10. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 192.947.

11. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 192.93.

12. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 192.901.

13. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 192.876.

14. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 192.864.

15. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 192.802.

16. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 192.798.

17. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 192.724.

18. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 192.715.

19. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 192.715.

20. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 192.583.

21. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 192.522.

22. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 192.489.

23. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 192.448.

24. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 192.439.

25. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 192.197.

26. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 192.152.

27. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 191.877.

28. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 191.755.

29. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 191.546.

30. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 191.306.

31. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 190.795.

32. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 190.735.

33. (51) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 190.726.

34. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 190.375.

35. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 190.202.

36. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 189.853.

37. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, Owner Points.

38. (34) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points.

39. (32) Terry Labonte, Ford, Owner Points.

40. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Owner Points.

41. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, Owner Points.

42. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Owner Points.

43. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Owner Points.