Matt Every took advantage of a poor final round by Adam Scott to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Florida.
Every was nine shots behind the 2013 Masters Champion going into the third round, he was still four back at the start of the final day's play. But with Scott stumbling to a closing 76, Every was able to post a two-under-par 70 to take his first PGA Tour title. The win has earned him a spot at The Masters and the USPGA Championship.
"It's hard," he said. "It's tough, man. You just never know if it's going to happen. You get there so many times. It's nice to get it done."
Scott needed to win to move to Number 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking, but he couldn't find his best form on Sunday. It was a challenge from the word go, as he found sand with his opening tee shot. From there he played his second into another bunker and was unable to save par.
He found the water on the third and did well to escape there with a bogey. The Australian recovered slightly with a birdie at the fourth hole, but he didn't post another red number for the remainder of the round.
Every drew level after a good piece of fortune on the ninth when his ball might have gone out of bounds from the tee. Somehow though it rolled down the cart path and presented him with a clear shot to the green. He hit to 15 feet and holed for birdie.
The American took the lead from Scott with a birdie at the 12th and he held on to it, despite finishing with two bogeys in his last three holes.
In the end it was Keegan Bradley who pushed Every closest. He had a chance to force a playoff with a long birdie putt on the final green. It didn't drop though and the victory went to Every.
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida Mar 20-23, purse $6,200,000, par 72
1 Matt Every (USA) 69 70 66 70 275 $1,116,000 2 Keegan Bradley (USA) 71 67 66 72 276 $669,600 3 Adam Scott (Aus) 62 68 71 76 277 $421,600 4 Jason Kokrak (USA) 67 71 67 73 278 $297,600 T5 Erik Compton (USA) 72 68 70 69 279 $226,300 T5 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 67 70 69 73 279 $226,300 T5 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 69 73 69 68 279 $226,300 T8 Ryo Ishikawa (Jap) 65 74 70 71 280 $186,000 T8 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 67 71 74 68 280 $186,000 T10 J.B. Holmes (USA) 68 69 72 73 282 $148,800 T10 Freddie Jacobson (Swe) 71 68 70 73 282 $148,800 T10 Graeme McDowell (NIR) 68 77 67 70 282 $148,800 T10 Sean O'Hair (USA) 71 75 69 67 282 $148,800
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage Where next? Sunshine Tour - Trevor Fisher Jnr wins Investec Cup
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