Matt Every takes a three-shot lead into today’s second round of the Texas Open after shooting a course-record 9-under-par 63 while seeking his breakthrough win on golf’s U.S. PGA Tour.
Every, a 28-year-old Floridian, had a bogey-free start to the tournament at the TPC San Antonio yesterday. Hunter Haas, who had an eagle at the 18th hole, is second, a shot ahead of 2003 British open champion Ben Curtis, who is 5 under.
Every’s lead is the biggest after the first round since Jesper Parnevik took a four-stroke advantage into the second day of the 2007 edition. The previous course-record score of 8 under was shared by Ryan Palmer and Scott Percy.
Every, in his 40th start since joining the PGA Tour in 2010, has logged three top-eight finishes this year, including a tie for eighth place at last week’s RBC Heritage.
In the past 12 years, only 2000 champion Justin Leonard and 2005 winner Robert Gamez have claimed the Texas Open title having led after the first round.
Kelly Kraft, who won the U.S. Amateur last year, had a 1-under-par 71 in his first start as a professional. In two events on tour as an amateur this year, Kraft missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and at the Masters Tournament.