Grading the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Matt Every gets the win at Bay Hill but Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker both had solid showings. Justin Rose did not.
It's the weekend for underdogs, right?
Matt Every was a 50-1 favorite to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational coming into the week. It's a tournament he grew up going to as a kid and as a now-grown up, closed out for his first PGA Tour win on Sunday.
Every was incredibly emotional after the win with Steve Sands of NBC.
"It's tough, man. You just never know if it's going to happen. It's nice to get it done." He said it through sobs and heaves of his shoulders after a long weekend at Bay Hill.
Every, who started the day four back of leader Adam Scott, shot a 70 in the final round to finish at 13 under, one clear of Keegan Bradley.
But Every bogeyed two of the last three holes including a hideous pushed putt on No. 18 that would have sealed the deal immediately with Bradley and Scott finishing behind him.
Bradley birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and needed a third at No. 18 but his big, breaking birdie putt slid inches past the hole.
For Every it was a dream come true. His first PGA Tour win is the gateway to his first Masters and definitely his first post-victory meeting with Arnold Palmer.
It was a shaky finish both figuratively (with those bogeys) and literally -- Every was watching every single scoreboard and his hands were visibly shaking. But he did what he needed to do to get his first win on the PGA Tour and held off two major champs, to boot.
Yes, Adam Scott or Keegan Bradley winning would have made for great golf fodder but come on guys, this is March, where favorites are laid to waste.
This is a month for cinderellas.
Here are our grades for the Arnold Palmer Invitational:
|A||Matt Every becomes the 95th entry to the Masters. As Jason Sobel pointed out, he's the second "Big Break" competitor to win on tour. Finish: Win|
|A||Poor Adam Scott. Wait, poor Adam Scott? Well, he was poor on Sunday with over 30 putts as he tried to get PGA Tour win No. 11. No dice on this Sunday and a Thursday 62 goes down the tubes. Finish: Third|
|A||Brandt Snedeker finished with a sweet little 68 to cap off an up-and-down week. It's just his fourth round under 69 all year and two came this week. Finish: T8|
|B||A second-round 77 was all that kept Graeme McDowell from being in the mix on Sunday afternoon. Finish: T10|
|C||Zach Johnson finished a steady even par with two 71 and two 73s. That'll win two Opens later in 2014 but won't play at this tournament. Finish: T43|
|F||Justin Rose has struggled to climb back into golf's elite after his shoulder injury. A top 10 last week but cut this week and no other top 10s this calendar year. There's room for concern with the Masters approaching. Finish: Cut|
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