Monday, April 23, 2012

Brilliant Every sets new course record

Matt Every put the likes of Matt Kuchar, Freddie Jacobsen and Ben Curtis in the shade as he fired a superb nine-under-par 63 to lead the Texas Open after the first round in San Antonio.

The American’s round set a course record, as he improved the mark set by Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy in 2010 by one stroke.

However, it could have been very different for the 28-year-old who got away with a badly-pulled approach shot on the first hole.

Every admitted afterwards: "That was really lucky. Pulled it. Knew it was going to be no good and then it hit the rocks and kicked up right next to the green. One of the best breaks I've ever gotten and I've been on the other end of those. I'll take it.

"No bogies is always good no matter what course. I didn't even know what the course record was until I got done.”

Kuchar, who finished tied for third at the US Masters earlier this month, stepped up his preparations for the US Open in June, by firing an opening round of 70, while Jacobsen shot a 68 and 2003 Open champion Curtis a five-under 67 that featured no dropped shots.

Hunter Haas is Every's nearest challenger though after he produced a spectacular eagle at the par-five final hole after hitting his second shot to five feet to finish with a 66, three strokes behind Every.

The best performing international player was Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson who shot a 68 for a share of a five-way tie for fourth.

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