HAVEN, Wis. – Matt Every has been suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for “conduct unbecoming a professional“ after his arrest last month on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, Golfweek has learned.
Every, 26, was one of three men arrested July 6 and charged with possession of a controlled substance at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa, during the John Deere Classic.
Every was booked into the Scott County Jail, entered a plea of not guilty and was released on bail. He played in the John Deere Classic, finishing in a tie for 56th.
At the time of Every’s arrest, his management company issued a statement expressing Every’s apology for showing poor judgment and denying that he had any marijuana in his possession. After receiving word of the suspension, Goal Marketing, which represents Every, released a statement to Golfweek.
“Beginning with the week of the Turning Stone Resort Championship, Matt Every began serving a three-month suspension for conduct unbecoming a professional. Matt respects the Tour’s decision and is looking forward to his return at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. He is eager to put this incident behind him and move on with his life and his career.“
The PGA Tour would not comment, citing its longstanding policy on player matters. “We don’t comment on suspensions,” Ty Votaw, a Tour executive vice president, said Sunday night.
Under Section 7C of the 2010 Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations, the PGA Tour – through its Policy Board, commissioner Tim Finchem or Appeals Committee – can fine or suspend a player for “conduct unbecoming a professional.’’
The suspension will provide Every, who is 144th on the money list with $438,517, only one chance to retain his Tour card. Every will be eligible for the last event of the Fall Series, the the Nov. 11-14 Children’s Miracle Network Classic.