Every denies pot possession after arrest
SILVIS, Ill. – PGA Tour rookie Matt Every has denied possessing marijuana after his arrest at an Iowa casino two days before playing in a tournament.
Every shot a 1-under par 70 in the first round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., on Thursday.
He was among three men arrested Tuesday in a room at the Isle Casino Hotel in nearby Bettendorf, Iowa.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and booked into the Scott County Jail. He was freed Tuesday night after posting bond.
In a statement released by his management firm, Every apologized for showing poor judgment but denied having any marijuana in his possession. He said he pleaded not guilty.
Every’s agent, Kevin Canning, declined further comment.
Every, 26, is a Tour rookie who has made seven cuts in 13 events this season, with a tie for eighth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as his best finish. He turned pro in 2006 after playing at the University of Florida, where he won the ’06 Ben Hogan Award as the nation’s top payer.
Every won last year’s Nationwide Tour Championship to finish 10th on the money list and earn a spot on the PGA Tour. He’s currently 136th on the PGA Tour money list, with $369,035.
Since mid-2008, the PGA Tour has conducted random tests on its players for a variety of substances. The Tour does not discuss any disciplinary action against players. However, last year, Doug Barron became the first player to run afoul of the Tour’s drug-testing policy. On Nov. 2, Barron was suspended for one year for having taken testosterone to treat a medical condition. He since has filed a lawsuit against the Tour, seeking reinstatement under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Barron’s complaint has not been resolved.