He summarized the current status of his golf game in a way that golfers of all levels can understand.
“Sometimes I knew bad things were coming. Then I just go through the movements and wait. ”
And here you have the recap of Matt Every’s past few years on the PGA Tour.
His next few years are unlikely to happen, depending on whether, at the age of 38, he finds the longing that made him the two-time tournament winner who once rose to 40th place in the world golf rankings.
“I want to be hungry,” said Every last weekend when he came home to play the Riviera Open mini-tour event on the Ormond Beach golf course, where he grew up.
“You know, I live, eat, sleep and don’t breathe. And you have to, especially nowadays. “
The former Mainland Buc and Florida Gator lives about 90 minutes north in Atlantic Beach, where he is on hold, both professionally and privately. He’s pursuing an emerging golf apparel line – Live Forever Golf – for which he inspired the logo and is casually related (“My Two Friends Run The Show”), and is also waiting for a message on whether he has a future on the broadcast page of golf in the near future .
“Just stay healthy. Hold my body well, ”he says. “I train once or twice a day. Keeps me honest. “
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“It’s just not there”
Everyone embodied the old adage “certain horses for certain courses” in 2015 when they won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the second year in a row. It was the culmination of a four-year run that earned him between $ 1.1 million and $ 2.5 million each season.
He was still missing cuts here and there, but he played often enough well enough to seemingly cement his status as a skilled tour golfer for years to come. But after 2015 there were only three more top 10 placements out of 135 starts, which culminated in the bottom of the previous season: 22 starts, 20 missed cuts, two withdrawals.
Bobby Jones famously said that golf is played on a 5-inch course – the one between the ears. The Matt Every saga is a prime example of the persistence of this theory.
“My physical game, there are no problems,” he says. “My short game could be better, but there weren’t any problems with length and compression and the important things. My bad is not bad right now. It was not bad. It’s not bad like foul ball. I was just flabbergasted.
“It’s one of those things I’m ready to end as soon as it starts. I’m just not there. “
Where does he go in his mind during these four hours?
“I don’t know. Just not there. It’s not like I’m fading out. I just find ways to screw things up when the desire isn’t there. It just happens. Just a weird game. It got me a bit too.” very touched. “
And that has been going on for a long time.
“Years,” he says. “Yes, years. Have been going through the movements for a long time. A long time.”
He doesn’t know if the desire will return. He no longer has full-time exemption status on the PGA Tour after last season, but as a two-time tournament winner, he retains enough status to likely compete in 8-12 tournaments per year.
When DESIRE is paired with quality play and good results, this part-time role offers enough opportunity to fight your way back to the PGA Tour full-time, but for now he says that opportunity seems a long way off.
His last start was six weeks ago in Bermuda, where he shot 76 on Thursday and pulled the plug after just two holes on Friday.
“I’m really not an angry person,” he says. “I took a month and a half vacation, didn’t think I was arriving in Bermuda, but found out two days before I arrived.
“I played well enough to see the cut. Something went wrong, I got pissed off and thought, ‘Man, I haven’t been pissed off in two months – about anything.’ Since then, I haven’t been angry about anything. “
A new role?
Two weeks ago, the Golf Channel Every gave a one-day “trial test” as a commentator on the course while reporting on the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia. He doesn’t know if this leads to a career opportunity, but he knows he enjoyed it.
“I feel like I’ve settled in well and I think I’m good at it,” he says.
The easygoing nature of each individual came into play the week before the broadcast.
“I haven’t once practiced firing a shot, not even sitting on the couch. I think either you can or you can’t, ”he says.
“The main thing I was worried about was saying too much ‘I like’ and ‘Uh’. I saw it later and think I never said it a single time. There are many little things that I know I can be better at. “
Additional jobs are expected to be available in the coming years as the Tour and ESPN partner through an ESPN streaming app that will triple the visual coverage of the PGA Tour.
“ESPN is going through a big deal,” says Every. “You are making decisions about this stuff now. It’s out of my hands We will see.”
Every golfer’s frustrations over the past few years have had a positive impact.
Maybe you saw the logo.
In the world of professional golfer logos, it definitely stands out. Jack Nicklaus has the bear, Greg Norman the shark, Phil Mickelson the “jump”.
Matt Every and Live Forever Golf are tough. Ironically, Every’s famous club throw came during his most recent quality start – the 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson, where he eventually took second place. In the second round, after a tough lie in a fairway bunker handcuffed his attempts at recovery at the 14th hole, he stepped out of the bunker and into a windup that blew his club away.
The scene was captured by a wire service photographer.
Last year he and a few friends from the Jacksonville area passed the time during the pandemic, looking at pictures of his club throw and laughing when a thought crossed his mind.
“We just sat around and looked at this picture,” says Every. “I remember looking at it and thinking, ‘This is a really cool logo.’ This logo is simply carried over to everyone else’s logo.
“So we said let’s try. Starting with hats and t-shirts, now everything is full. Pants, shirts, jackets. It’s going really well. It’s a full apparel brand, and it’s great. It turned out to be a nice line. You run the show, I’m only part of it. “
The logo stands for more than just a line of golf clothing. It also clearly symbolizes a golf career that, like all but a few, has been as frustrated as by its fame.
“Golf makes me a different person,” says Every. “I need a golf break. I either needed life or golf to quit, and life doesn’t end. “