2005: U.S. Open - Steady final round earns Every low amateur honors
Michael Campbell wasn’t the only upstart to knock off a shoo-in at the U.S. Open.
Matt Every, who made the University of Florida’s golf team as a walk-on three years ago, bested Ryan Moore for low amateur honors at Pinehurst.
A closing 70 propelled Every into a tie for 28th place at 291. Moore, the 2004 U.S. Amateur champion who tied for 13th at the Masters, shot 296 and finished T-57 at the Open.
Every had eight one-putts in the final round.
“I moved the ball back in my stance a little bit,” he said. “I don’t know if that helped me (mechanically), but it probably helped me mentally, just something to fool around with. But they rolled a little better, so it worked out.”
Just as important, Every scored nothing higher than a bogey in 72 holes. “That’s probably what I’m most proud of this week,” he said.
Moore said he looked forward to making his professional debut June 23 at the Barclays Classic.
“It will be nice to play golf on a course that when you hit it 10 feet from the hole it stays there,” he said. “Good shots aren’t good enough on this course. You have to hit perfect or you have to miss it amazingly well. You have to be pretty precise out here, and I was far, far from it.”
Moore said he was proud to have made the cut after an opening 75.
“I fought all week,” he said. “I feel like I played a football game for the last four days.”
Regarding the prospect of earning his first paycheck, Moore said: “It’ll be nice, but that’s not what I play for. I play to win. I go out there and battle.”
Retief Goosen and Todd Hamilton got to see Moore’s game first-hand.
“I’m sure he’s a better player than his scores here would indicate,” said British Open champ Hamilton, who was paired with Moore in Round 4. “He’s a scrapper, a good chipper and putter. His (full swing) technique is not picture perfect, textbook technique, but sometimes those are the guys you have to watch out for, because they believe in their ability.”
Goosen, who played with Moore in the first two rounds, said the UNLV standout has “a good head on his shoulders. He doesn’t get upset or uptight. He was trying on every shot out there.
“His ball flight, I feel, might be a little bit flat,” Goosen said. “He probably needs to get a little height on some of his shots.”
At this time next year, Every expects to be playing for pay, too. He said he believes he “can make a living out here right now, to tell you the truth,” but when asked if he would consider turning pro instead of returning for his senior year at Florida, Every said: “No, I’m not going to do that to my coach or my team. The Tour always will be there.”
Every’s next goal is playing in the Walker Cup, which the United States has lost three times in a row.
“We won’t get stomped if they pick the right people,” he said of the Aug. 13-14 match against Great Britain and Ireland at Chicago Golf Club.
Including himself. “I’m sure I’ll get named (to the U.S. squad),” Every said. “I’d better.”
Trip Kuehne (75-75–150) fared best among the six amateurs who missed the cut.