Friday, March 6, 2020
Matt every has played in 237 PGA Tour events and managed just two victories - coming in back-to-back years in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2014 and 2015. In his last tournament, the Honda Classic last week, the ex-Gator bowed out after shooting an 85 on Friday, so there was no doubt a great deal of eye-opening yesterday when Matt posted a bogey-free 65, 7 under par over the Bay Hill layout.
Matt holds a one-stroke lead over favorite Rory McIlroy, and two over Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler. Among his seven birdies, Matt canned putts on the back nine of 35, 40 and 30 feet.
There are two other Gators in the field of 121: Billy Horschel is at even par 72 and is tied for 45th, and Brian Gay is at 1-over 73, tied for 60th. The two Seminoles are Brooks Koepka and Hank Lebioda: Koepka is in the even-par group and Lebioda is tied for 107th at 4-over 76. The early projected cut is 1 over, so only Lebioda is in the twilight zone heading into round 2.
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