Greenbrier Classic: Every slides into the Greenbrier Classic lead
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."
Wagner is looking to get back into the win column since his victory at the 2012 Sony Open. His round on Friday included one bogey, one birdie and 16 pars.
"I started off and was a little nervous, pulled a couple tee shots on No. 11 and No. 12," said Wagner, who bogeyed 11. "I didn't get away with the one on 11, but made a good birdie on 15 to make up for it. I had a lot of good looks today."
In Wagner's first round, he had six birdies and an eagle.
"I'm excited (about these final 36 holes)," he said. "I haven't made a cut, let alone been in contention, my last seven tournaments, so it's really nice. This is why I play golf."
Wagner hit a shot into the bunker on No. 17 and his return shot went past the hole but avoided the collection area near the back of the green.
After the shot, Wagner raised his arms in reaction to a positive cheer from the crowd.
"That was a terrible shot, I lose $50 to my caddie every time I blade a bunker shot," Wagner said. "I owe him $100 actually but he let me off because it stayed where I could putt it.
"My who goal for the week was to kind of laugh off mistakes. I've been getting frustrated lately. I've broken two clubs this year during tournaments, which is probably more than my entire career. So, I've just been trying to laugh off my mistakes. That was just a prime example of that."
The cut was at 1-under, with 80 players earning spots in Saturday and Sunday play.
One of those wasn't Phil Mickelson, who missed his third consecutive cut at the Greenbrier, marking the first time he has missed three straight cuts at the same tournament.
Some players who struggled in the first round, made a run at the cut Friday, including Rory Sabbatini, Martin Flores, Pat Perez and Charlie Wi. They were 1-over the first round but move to T27 after Friday.
Stuart Appleby missed the cut for the third consecutive year since winning the 2010 Classic.