Matt Every played in 91 PGA Tour events, and never had the pleasure of holding the trophy at the end. That all changed this past weekend on March 23rd, when Every won the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill by two strokes, shooting a 13-under 275 for the win. Every, an IJGT Champion, had a long road ahead of him going into the final round, down by nine strokes to eventual third-place finisher Adam Scott. Scott had a monumental collapse in the final round, and Every’s 2-under 70 on the final day was enough to pull him ahead of Scott and Keegan Bradley. Every had to watch anxiously as Bradley charged in the final holes, including a 30-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a potential playoff between Every and Bradley. Bradley sent the putt left of the hole, sealing Every’s first PGA Tour victory.
Every played on the IJGT for several years, carding two top-10 finishes at the IJGT Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla. He was consistently in the top-10 in his tournaments, including his 1998 victory on the IJGT at Palm Coast Resort. Every also competed on the Golf Channel’s Big Break in 2007 after finishing his NCAA career at the University of Florida. The IJGT community has followed Every’s career from the very beginning, and we continue to enjoy seeing the success that has followed him all of these years after our events. We are proud to call him an alumni, and are thrilled with his well-earned initial PGA Tour victory. Congrats Matt, and good luck at the Masters!