The first page of the Greenbrier Classic leader board 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. He is at 9-under 131.
Russell Henley of Daniel Island fired a 65 and is tied for second, one stroke back at 132. Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey of Camden, who shared the first-round lead with a 62, shot a 1-over 71 and is tied for seventh, two strokes behind Every.
Every needed 26 putts during his best round of the year. He missed four putts inside 12 feet that could have made his bogey-free second round 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.
Also at one stroke behind are 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, including Gainey, Ben Curtis, Greg Owen and Jonas Blixt.
The posh Greenbrier resort is in a small town named for its hot spring waters that the locals have touted for centuries for their healing qualities. It seems as though the Greenbrier Classic is doing wonders for some golfers, too.
Prior to this week, Wagner went seven straight tournaments without advancing to the third round. Other streaks that were broken this week were five straight for Lunde, four for Bowditch and three for Summerhays.
Henley is an exception with one missed cut in his last four tournaments, which includes a sixth-place finish at the Memorial.
He’s 16th in the FedEx Cup points standings. Every (104th) and Summerhays (123) are the only other players within two shots of the lead who are in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.
The playoffs are less than two months away.
Zanotti takes French lead
At Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France, 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.