Matt Every got off to a blistering start at the Valero Texas Open. Coming off a T-8th at the RBC Heritage, Every posted a bogey free round that saw him match one birdie for every par he made. His opening round score of 9-under, 63 represents the club house lead after the first round. His 63 that began with three straight birdies, matches his career low on TOUR, which he shot two times previously, most recently in the first round of the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Oh and by the way, it also happens to be the new course record at TPC San Antonio.
“No bogies is always good no matter what course,” Every said after his round. “I didn't even know what the course record was until I got done. I kind of kept going and got a few good breaks in the middle of the round to keep the momentum going and then added up to 9-under.”
Every is playing for more than just himself this week. “My wife is 7 months pregnant,” he said. “Out here being a trooper. Told her only wanted her to go 9 today (but) she said she had to keep going after the front-9,” he continued. “This is our last week traveling then settle down and go home until the baby comes.”
Hunter Haas, who is looking for his first PGA TOUR victory, is currently in second place at 6-under that featured an eagle 3 on the par-5 finishing hole. Hass, like Every, also posted a bogey free round. Ben Curtis is in third place all alone after shooting a bogey free round of 65. The former British Open Champ has never played in the Valero Texas Open prior to this week.
Frederick Jacobson (has finished second and fifth the two previous times the Valero Texas Open was played at TPC San Antonio), Cameron Beckman (who earned a degree in art from nearby Texas Wesleyan and is a three-time TOUR winner) and Jason Gore (two top-15 finishes in four starts on the Nationwide Tour but is 0 for 3 in cuts made on the PGA TOUR to date) are tied for fourth at 4-under par.
On the other end of the equation, it was an early finish for both Anthony Kim and Erik Compton. Kim withdrew with a wrist injury. He played 14 holes and was 8 over after four bogeys and a quadruple bogey. Compton withdrew due to illness when he made the turn. He was 7 over after three bogeys and two double bogeys.
Every will be fighting the trend on the PGA TOUR this year. George McNeill (Puerto Rico Open) is the only first-round leader/co-leader to win a stroke-play event this year. Meanwhile, Every’s course record is one shot better than Brendan Steele’s four round winning total of 8-under from last year. There is still a lot of golf to be played and the TPC San Antonio may try to exact some revenge on Every after his record setting day.