Greenbrier Classic: Matt Every takes slim lead at halfway stage but Phil Mickelson misses cut
Last Updated: 06/07/13 6:37pm
Matt Every: Holds the halfway lead
Matt Every birdied his final hole to break clear of the pack but Phil Mickelson missed the cut after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
Every has yet to win on the PGA Tour but coolly rolled in a 10-footer at the par-four ninth to complete a blistering eight-under-par 62 for a nine-under total of 131.
The 29-year-old, who has twice been a runner-up on the US circuit, carded eight birdies but sidestepped the media after his flawless display to be with his wife, Danielle, who was not feeling well.
Second round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-9 M Every
-8 D Summerhays
-8 B Lunde
-8 S Bowditch (Aus)
-8 R Henley
-8 J Wagner
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Johnson Wagner, one of two co-leaders overnight, carded a 70 to finish one stroke off the pace, level with fellow Americans Daniel Summerhays (67), Bill Lunde (66) and Russell Henley (65), and Australian Steve Bowditch (67).
But four-time major winner Mickelson struggled, missing the cut here for a third year in a row after following his opening 74 with a 68.
"I played well today, hit a lot of good shots and my game feels good, even though the scores were not very good," the world No 6 said.
"I hit a lot of good shots and as I look back on these last three years where I have struggled here, that's been the biggest issue for me, is distance control with the irons.
"I have been surprised by every iron shot where it lands relative to where I expect it to land. And it's not just a yard or two off like it normally is ... it's 10 or 12 yards off. I haven't been able to adjust."
Australian Bowditch, who mixed four birdies with a lone bogey, admitted he was delighted to remain in contention for a maiden PGA Tour title.
"I really haven't put myself in position my whole career, so it's going to be a new experience for me," he said.
"It's obviously everyone's dream at this level to try and win. I'll just keep giving myself chances and hopefully on the back nine I'll have a chance to do well."