Matt Every wins Arnold Palmer Invitational for second time

Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:08pm EDT
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(Reuters) - American Matt Every won his second consecutive Arnold Palmer Invitational title when he sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the final hole to beat Henrik Stenson by one stroke in Florida on Sunday.

Every, who had not posted a top-25 finish since last June, had joked pre-tournament with Tiger Woods that he would win again on the Bay Hill course in Orlando where Woods has won eight times.

Every struck form in time to shoot a closing 66 and finish at 19-under-par 269, barely an hour’s drive from his hometown of Daytona Beach.

Stenson (70) rued what might have been after bogeying the 15th hole and failing to birdie the easy par-five 16th.

The Swede missed a 20-foot birdie at the last that would have earned a playoff, but will still go into next month’s Masters as one of the in-form players after posting his third straight top-four finish.

Every, 31, who is coached by Woods’ former instructor Sean Foley, won last year’s event on the back of great putting, but this time his long game paved the way to his second PGA Tour victory.

However, it was a slick downhill putt on the 18th green that finally clinched the $1.134 million first prize, and a ticket to the Masters.

“This guy in the crowd kept coughing ‘straight putt, straight putt’,” Every told reporters. “I looked over it pretty hard and didn’t see anything. It was a great putt to have under pressure too, because I wasn’t going to come up short.

“You’ll take a win however you get it but it was cool to close one out like that.”   Continued...

Mar 22, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Matt Every (left) celebrates winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard while holding the championship trophy and standing next to Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports