Tour Tracker: Matt Every wins at Bay Hill

Matt Every during Sunday's final round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

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After Adam Scott has ceded his week-long lead on the back nine Sunday at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., Matt Every stepped up to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his native Central Florida region for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Recap the highlights of the final round at Bay Hill – and scroll down for our previous coverage.

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Update #28: 6:06 p.m. EDT

From about 30 feet, Keegan Bradley takes aim at forcing a playoff with leader Matt Every. The speed is good, but the line is too high and Central Floridian Matt Every gets his first PGA Tour win.

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Update #27: 5:59 p.m. EDT

Leader Matt Every can just about put things on ice if he gets up and down at the 18th, and his chip shot from the rough gets him inside 5 feet. His par comebacker runs a couple of feet past, however, and bogey brings Keegan Bradley firmly into the picture if he can hit a solid approach.

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Update #26: 5:52 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott needs birdies, but hits his tee shot at the par-3 17th in the front-right bunker. He hits it to about 7 feet, then misses the putt and falls three back.

Leader Matt Every grooves his drive down the 18th fairway and hits his approach in the rough behind the green.

Keegan Bradley, having birdied the 16th, hits it to about 20 feet at the 17th for another birdie look. He sinks the putt and pulls within two with one to play, alone in second and with momentum on his side.

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Update #25: 5:41 p.m. EDT

Having watched leader Matt Every make bogey in front of him on the 16th, Adam Scott reaches the green in two and gives himself a try at eagle – which would tie the tournament again. Scott's eagle try rolls past, and the comebacker dips low. Opportunity missed.

Up ahead at the par-3 17th, Every hits it in the bunker – then nearly holes out, glancing off the lip and the flagstick for a tap-in par.

The lead remains two.

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Update #24: 5:32 p.m. EDT

Leader Matt Every hits it in the trees on the par-5 16th, then his second shot hits a branch and stops short of the fairway. Every is forced to lay up with his third shot, then reaches the green in four. With Adam Scott standing in the fairway behind him, Every rolls his first putt past the hole and makes the comebacker to slip to 14 under, two ahead of Scott.

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Update #23: 5:10 p.m. EDT

Matt Every is in lead-protection mode, finding the fairway and green at the 15th and lagging close for a par to remain three ahead of Adam Scott.

One of Every's pivotal birdies came at No. 12, when he took the lead by wedging his third shot close on the par-5 and holing a short putt (mobile readers can see the video here).

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Update #22: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott's latest bogey comes at the 14th and drops him three back of leader Matt Every, with four holes to play. Scott's 3 over for the day, unlike his three rounds under par this week as he led every day.

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Update #21: 4:57 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak's first bogey since his opening two holes comes at the 14th and drops him to 11 under, which is still good for solo third but knocks him four back of leader Matt Every with four to play. Every pars the hole, while Adam Scott pars the 13th and remains two back alone in second.

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Update #21: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Leader Matt Every birdies again, this time at the 13th as he opens up a two-shot lead over Adam Scott with Jason Kokrak another shot back.

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Update #20: 4:31 p.m. EDT

Matt Every moves to the lead with a birdie at the 12th, pulling one ahead of Adam Scott. He gets a little inspiration from fellow former Florida Gator Billy Horschel, who finishes up even par for the week and posts via his Twitter account, @BillyHo_Golf: "Game is the (closest) it has been all year. Just need to cancel out the silly mistakes and make a few more putts!...Come on Matt! Finish it off"

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Update #19: 4:08 p.m. EDT

The low round of the day is shared by Sean O'Hair and Camilo Villegas, each signing for a 67 earlier. Erik Compton and Graeme McDowell are among those who have a chance to match, still on the course at 4 under.

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Update #18: 3:58 p.m. EDT

As Adam Scott makes par on No. 9, Matt Every birdies No. 10 to climb into a share of the lead at 13 under. Jason Kokrak is one back.

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Update #17: 3:47 p.m. EDT

After leader Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley par the eighth, Matt Every birdies the ninth to pull to 12 under, within a shot of the lead and T-2 alongside Jason Kokrak.

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Update #16: 3:28 p.m. EDT

Leader Adam Scott runs into his third bogey of the day at the par-3 seventh after hitting his tee shot into the bunker and getting a fried-egg lie well away from the pin. He's 13 under, one ahead of Jason Kokrak and two ahead of Keegan Bradley and Matt Every, the latter making bogey after an errant drive at the eighth. Chesson Hadley is fifth at 10 under, even for the day through eight.

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Update #15: 3:19 p.m. EDT

Battling back from a double bogey at the second and a bogey at the third, Keegan Bradley birdies Nos. 4 and 6 to move back to 11 under and solo fourth. He's three back of leader Adam Scott, who pars the sixth.

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Update #14: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Jason Kokrak rises to T-2 at 12 under with an unlikely birdie, missing the fairway wide right and hitting to about 30 feet, then making the long putt. Two back of leader Adam Scott, Kokrak is looking for his first win on Tour and his second top-10 finish of the season.

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Update #13: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7-8 lift Erik Compton to 9 under and T-5. Brandt Snedeker, meanwhile, birdies three straight after the turn and pars two after that to move to T-8 at 8 under.

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Update #12: 2:50 p.m. EDT

Leader Adam Scott erases his waterlogged bogey at No. 3 with a birdie at No. 4, reaching the green in two and two-putting from about 50 feet. He's 14 under, with Matt Every two shots back after a par at no. 5.

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Update #11: 2:39 p.m. EDT

And the lead is one after Adam Scott's second bogey of the day comes at No. 3, where he hits his tee shot in the water. Matt Every is alone in second after opening with three pars and birdieing No. 4 to rise to 12 under. Jason Kokrak and Francesco Molinari are T-3 at 10 under.

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Update #10: 2:23 p.m. EDT

An opening bogey by Adam Scott, but his lead remains three after Keegan Bradley doubles the second hole to fall back to 10 under.

Scott is now three clear of Matt Every, who is even on the day.

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Update #9: 2:08 p.m. EDT

Chesson Hadley said at the beginning of the week that he thought he needed a top-5 finish this week to move into the top 50 and inch closer to a berth into the Masters.

The Tour rookie bogeys the second hole to move to sixth place. It'll be something to watch today.

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Update #8: 1:47 p.m. EDT

With leader Adam Scott teeing off soon alongside Keegan Bradley, Henrik Stenson has birdied Nos. 3-4 to rise to T-8 at 7 under. The reigning dual champ of the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai is looking for his first top-10 finish of the PGA Tour season.

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Update #7: 1:37 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient looking for his second career top 10, starts with two pars and birdies the third hole to rise to T-8 at 7 under.

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Update #6: 1:24 p.m. EDT

Harris English has two birdies on his last three holes, moving to 3 under for his round and T-24 at 4 under with three holes to play. The latter birdie came on a chip-in at the 14th (mobile readers can see the video here).

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Update #5: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Davis Love III starts par-bogey to slip to T-31 at 3 under. Searching for his best finish since a T-36 at this season's OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November, maybe he's a bit rattled by Ian Poulter's playful prank this morning – which he shared via his Twitter account, @IanJamesPoulter: "Now @Love3d that's for taking my parking spot. ;) pic.twitter.com/oDuSNpvEHK" Poulter, by the way, tees off in about 20 minutes and starts the day at 8 under, which is good for seventh as things stand.

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Update #4: 12:48 p.m. EDT

Early birdies for Kevin Na and Brandt Snedeker lift them to T-15 at 5 under for the tournament.

And make it 5 under today for Camilo Villegas, who cards his first back-to-back birdies of a bogey-free round. He climbs to T-22 at 4 under.

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Update #3: 12:25 p.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas moves to 4 under for his round with a birdie at the 15th, climbing to T-29 at 3 under. Villegas is looking for his best finish since a T-26 to open the PGA Tour's 2013-14 wraparound season at the Frys.com Open.

The par-4 18th at Bay Hill is no joke. Bay Hill's director of instruction, John O'Leary III, offers his perspective on how to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational's finishing hole (mobile readers can see the video here).

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Update #2: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Lucas Glover birdies three of his first five holes and rises to T-15 at 5 under. Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage, is looking for his first top-25 finish of the season.

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Update #1: 11:58 a.m. EDT

Bit of an in-state rivalry here among a couple of early low scorers.

Brooks Koepka gets to 3 under for his round with a birdie at No. 10 and follows with a par. The Florida State product is T-32 at 3 under.

Camilo Villegas also is 3 under for his round, rising to T-38 at 2 under thanks to a birdie at No. 10 and a pair of pars. Villegas played collegiately at Florida.

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Early risers

Harris English is 2 under through six holes to move up to T-29 at 3 under. Also 2 under today are Will MacKenzie (T-50, even), Jhonattan Vegas (T-42, 1 under) and Camilo Villegas (T-42, 1 under).

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Pin positions for Sunday's final round of the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

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Slow starters

Hunter Mahan withdrew with a back injury after hitting his tee shot at No. 2. Martin Laird is 5 over through 17, with four players 4 over for their round.

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Weather conditions

It's cloudy with little wind so far and temps in the low 70s. The high is expected in the low 80s, according to weather.com, with wind picking up into the low teens and a 20 percent chance of rain.

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Saturday's coverage

Sunday, A. Scott will try to 'put my foot down early'

Adam Scott’s health improved Saturday, but his security blanket shrunk. He said he had a bounce back in his step, that only “leftover bits” remained from his midweek flu. Problem was, while he bounced, others sprinted toward him in the Arnold Palmer Invitational's third round.

5 Things: K. Bradley closes in on A. Scott's lead; more

Saturday’s third round started as the potential coronation of Australian Adam Scott, but the golfing gods would have none of that. From a seven shot lead, Scott is just three shots clear of Keegan Bradley and four from Matt Every and Jason Kokrak.

K. Na picks up pace, yet reputation remains

On Friday, after being heckled by spectators at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Kevin Na could’ve use a hug. One day later, the 30-year-old Na hugged it out with the ringleader of a group of fans wearing white T-shirts that said, “Kevin Na, Worth the wait!” Na had just holed a 13-foot par putt at the 13th when he noticed a group of fans situated behind the green had gone to the trouble of showing their support.

Tour Tracker: A. Scott keeps lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Adam Scott remains atop the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard – not with the comfortable margin he had to start the day, but not much worse after a 71 that has him 15 under. Keegan Bradley roared to second place with a 66 that saw him birdie three straight holes twice – starting and finishing his back nine. Matt Every also shot 66 and is T-3 with Jason Kokrak.

Former USGA executive director Hannigan dies

Frank Hannigan, former executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, died Saturday at the age of 82, the organization announced via Twitter.

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Friday's coverage

Scott continues to dismantle Bay Hill, leads by 7 shots

While it wasn't a 10-under 62, Adam Scott's 4-under 68 allowed him to keep his foot on the collective throat of his competition at Bay Hill, with the World No. 2 taking a seven-shot lead into the weekend.

5 Things: Scott puts foot on gas at Bay Hill; Saunders shines; more

A day after shooting 10-under 62 to tie the tournament record, Adam Scott added to his lead Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday's second round at Bay Hill.

Heckler prompts Na to request security at Bay Hill

A week after earning a warning for slow play, Kevin Na was heckled by an unruly member of the gallery on several occasions Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and requested security follow his group.

Hadley's bumpy journey could lead to Augusta

Rookie Chesson Hadley has had plenty of bumps in his road to his current T-2 standing at Bay Hill – yet the Georgia Tech grad is still within striking distance of a spot in next month's Masters.

Putter big as Bradley cards second-round 67 at Bay Hill

When Keegan Bradley finished up play Friday afternoon at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he had the round of the day, a 5-under 67 that included six birdies and one bogey.

Tracker: Scott (68) extends lead to 7 at API

Adam Scott followed a tournament-record tying 10-under 62 with a second-round 68 Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's how it happened.

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Thursday's coverage

Fighting flu, Scott ties record with 62 at Bay Hill

Suffering from mild flu symptoms, Adam Scott tied the tournament record with a 10-under 62 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

5 Things: Ishikawa, Merrick 3 back of Scott; Stenson strong; more

With Tiger Woods withdrawing Tuesday, Adam Scott was left as the headliner of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Thursday, he didn't disappoint, shooting 10-under 62 to take a three-shot lead on Ryo Ishikawa and John Merrick.

Allergies force B. Watson to WD from API

Bubba Watson withdrew shortly after his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Thursday at Bay Hill, citing allergies.

Amateur Fitzpatrick fires 71 in first round at Bay Hill

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 19-year-old amateur from England, is making his second PGA Tour start this week at Bay Hill. Thursday, the defending U.S. Amateur champ shot 1-under 71.

Tiger diagnosed with bulging disk in back, source says

Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging back disk and won’t need surgery, someone with knowledge of his condition said Thursday.

Tracker: Scott cards 62, leads by 3 at Bay Hill

Adam Scott went out early Thursday morning and put up a 10-under 62 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The opening-round score not only tied the tournament record, it also gave Scott a three-shot lead after one round at Bay Hill.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Back doctor: Masters not out of question if Tiger treated properly

Tiger Woods can be ready for the Masters (April 10-13) with the proper treatment on his spasming back, Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, founder of the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson, Fla., said Wednesday.

Bay Hill's biggest star? He won't even hit a shot this week

Arnold Palmer addressed the media on Wednesday, taking on the topics of Tiger Woods, the Eisenhower Tree, lifting weights and his feelings when someone orders an Arnold Palmer.

Notes: Langley's path; MacKenzie's return; more

Scott Langley seeks a springboard from his top-three finish at the Valspar Championship, while Will MacKenzie enjoys a successful return -- plus more news and notes from the PGA Tour this week.

Oklahoma State's Olsen ready for first PGA Tour start at API

Best spring break ever? Oklahoma State’s Zachary Olsen is playing in his first PGA Tour event at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which begins on Thursday.

Dusek: Tiger shouldn't return until completely healthy

As disappointing as it would be to withdraw from the Masters, if Tiger Wood's back is not completely healed by April 1, he should do exactly that, and for every event until he's healthy, says David Dusek.

Rude: Reed thinking on his feet about Masters

Patrick Reed, with college and family ties to Augusta, Ga., can't avoid dreams of the Masters while playing this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. -- including a barefoot vision.

Reed practices with wooden driver

Golf’s newest three-time winner has gone old school in practice: Patrick Reed has used a persimmon Ben Hogan driver as a training aid for the past month.

Fatigued, Stenson keeps exotic sense of humor

Even when explaining how fatigue has contributed to his slow start this year, Henrik Stenson maintains a sense of humor from homebuilding delays to pesky critters to peskier cellphone ringtones.

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