The only bogey-free second round of the Greenbrier Classic on Friday resulted in Matt Every squeezing to the top of the leaderboard on moving day at the fourth annual PGA Tour event on the Old White TPC.
Early round success at the Greenbrier is nothing new for Every, who was alone at the top in the inaugural Classic in 2010 with a 7-under 63 before falling off and finishing in a tie for 66 that year.
The 29-year-old native of Daytona Beach, Fla., had eight birdies and no bogeys after a ho-hum first round of three birdies and two bogeys put him at 1-under and needing a solid second round to make the cut.
In six rounds on the No. 17, Every has played the par 5 hole at 1-under, which includes a double bogey in 2010.
His lead is precarious, with five players - Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley and Johnson Wagner - at 8-under.
"I played really well, tee to green and finally made some putts," said Every, who has missed three consecutive cuts entering the Greenbrier Classic. "I haven't made anything all year and it finally happened today. I've been waiting for it."
Despite the changes to the Old White TPC from 2010 - the only year Every had played there - he tamed the challenging layout with birdies on half of the 12 par 4 holes.
His 8-under second round was similar to his first round 63 three years ago when he had five birdies, an eagle and three consecutive birdies on holes 16, 17 and 18.
He went south in the second round that year with two bogeys, a double-bogey (on 17) and two birdies.
"I'm an idiot for doubling it," he said. "There's so much room to the left of it."
Although Every didn't go into detail, he said there were some outside influences that affected his week at the Greenbrier in 2010.
"That was a really weird week for me because I played so well the first round and had some stuff I'm not going to talk about happen after the round and it totally messed my week up," he said. "I like this course and playing well."