The Memorial Tournament Sleeper Pick: Matt Every

By Carl Conrad
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When it comes to a tournament as big as the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance the vast majority of the talk is focused on the biggest names in the world like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, etc. If the first part of the 2013 PGA Tour season has taught us anything, however, it’s that you can never be too sure what is going to happen in any given tournament. Heck, we thought Rory McIlroy was going to come out of the gates on fire this year, but instead he crashed and burned early on.

If you’re looking for someone to keep an eye on that is flying well under that radar at Muirfield Village this week, you might want to make that golfer Matt Every. He turned pro in 2006 and has had a productive, but wholly unspectacular career to this point. He has yet to win a tournament but did record two second place finishes in 2012 – the best finishes of his career.

Every is coming off of his best finish of 2013 – a tie for fourth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. In addition, he finished tied for sixth at this track last year, so he is comfortable in the formidable confines of Muirfield. He has been striking the ball well this year, ranking 44th in greens in regulation and tied for 24th in par-4 scoring. On top of his ball striking, Every is also ranked 37th in par breakers, even if he is only 91st is scoring. His main problem has been consistency. He solved that problem last week, stringing together four quality rounds to make a run at the top of the leaderboard.

Based on his showing in his debut here last year and the way he’s been playing so far in 2013, I think Every could surprise quite a few people this week and be in the mix late into the weekend.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.



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