The first page of the Greenbrier Classic leaderboard is filled with golfers who’ll get to do something they’re unaccustomed to lately: Playing on the weekend.
Matt Every shot an 8-under 62 on Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Every needed just 26 putts during his best round of the year and is at 9 under for the tournament on the Old White TPC course. He missed four putts inside 12 feet that could have made his bogey-free second round even more special.
“I played really well tee to green, finally made some putts,” Every said. “I haven’t made anything all year and it just finally happened today. Been waiting for it.”
Every has been in this position before, leading after the first round of the 2012 Texas Open and tying for the third-round lead at the 2012 Sony Open, yet the 29-year-old is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory.
“I know I can win out here,” he said.
One stroke behind him at 8 under are Russell Henley (65), Bill Lunde (66), Daniel Summerhays (67), Steven Bowditch (67) and first-round co-leader Johnson Wagner (70).
Four others are two shots behind at 7 under. Ben Curtis and Greg Owen each shot 66, Jonas Blixt had a 67 and first-round co-leader Tommy Gainey a 71.
Because 81 players made the cut at 1 under, there will be a 54-hole cut to get to the top 70 scores, plus ties.
Phil Mickelson is already assured of getting the weekend off. He shot 68 on Friday and finished at 2 over.
It marked the first time in his career that Mickelson missed three consecutive cuts at one tournament. Mickelson blamed his lackluster showings at the Greenbrier Classic on estimating distances with his iron shots.
“They end up not just a yard or two off from where I figure, but they’re 10 or 12 yards off from where I figure,” he said.
PGA EUROPEAN: Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot a 3-under 68 to lead by one stroke after the second round of the French Open.
Zanotti made four birdies and a bogey to total 6-under 136. Ranked 391st in the world, the Paraguayan has three runner-up finishes in his career and finished 40th at last year’s French Open.
Richard Sterne (69) of South Africa and Danish pair Thomas Bjorn (69) and Soren Kjeldsen (68) are next.
Graeme McDowell (69) of Northern Ireland, Stephen Gallacher (70) of Scotland and English duo Simon Dyson (68) and Graeme Storm (68) are two shots off the pace.
Defending champion Marcel Siem of Germany (70) and rising star Thorbjorn Olesen (70) of Denmark missed the cut.