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  • Every rallies for win at Bay Hill

  • ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour, and he's still not sure how it happened.
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  • ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour, and he's still not sure how it happened.
    He was nine shots behind Masters champion Adam Scott going into the weekend at Bay Hill. He was still four back of the Australian he referred to as a "stud" going into the final round Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
    Every figured even par over the last three holes would do the trick. He made two bogeys.
    Even after a hearty handshake from the tournament host and a shiny trophy an arm's length away from, Every summed up this wild day with just the right words.
    "I ... I ... I can't believe I won," he said. "I just ... I really can't."
    The tee shot that he feared might be out-of-bounds on No. 9 somehow bounced along a cart path and led to an unlikely birdie. He surged to a three-shot lead when Scott's touch with the putter vanished. Even with two bogeys on the last three holes — he missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th — Every still closed with a 2-under 70.
    The last bogey made him sweat out the finish. Keegan Bradley, who birdied the 16th and 17th holes, had a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff. It was similar to the putt Tiger Woods has made so often to win at Bay Hill. Bradley's putt stayed left of the hole, and he finished one shot behind.
    Every finished at 13-under 275, one shot ahead of Bradley, who needed two late birdies for a 72. Scott was third.
    In his 92nd start as a pro on the PGA Tour, Every finally won at just the right time and just the right place.
    The 30-year-old who grew up 90 minutes away in Daytona Beach used to come to Bay Hill as a kid to watch the tournament. And he beat the Masters champion to earn his own spot in the Masters next month.
    "Being close to winning out here, it can be kind of discouraging because if you don't win, you just wonder if it's ever going to happen," Every said. "And sometimes you tell yourself, 'Well, maybe it's meant to be somewhere else, somewhere better.' I don't see how it could get much better than this — being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome."
    JTBC Founders Cup
    At Phoenix, Karrie Webb flew up the leaderboard with a course-record 9-under 63, then waited about 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her in the JTBC Founders Cup.
    No one could, giving the 39-year-old Australian her second victory of the season and second in four years at Desert Ridge. She won the Women's Australian Open last month and has 41 LPGA Tour victories.
    For the second time in the event, Webb overcame a six-stroke deficit in the final round to win. In 2011, she closed with a 66 for a one-stroke victory.
    The Hall of Famer birdied five of the last six holes, making a 20-footer on the 18th.
    Third-round leader Lydia Ko parred the final three holes to finish a stroke back along with 2013 winner Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee.
    Mississippi Gulf Resort
    At Saucier, Miss., Jeff Maggert became the 17th player in Champions Tour history to win in his debut, shooting a 4-under 68 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.
    Maggert fell into a tie for the lead with Billy Andrade after making bogey on No. 16, but responded with an astonishing, 50-foot putt for birdie on No. 17 that pushed him back ahead.
    Maggert's decisive putt had a large break from left to right and was over a ridge, and the 50-year-old struck it perfectly, shaking his head in disbelief after it fell in the hole.
    Andrade, who started the day tied with Fred Funk for the lead, shot a 71 to finish in second two strokes back. Maggert finished the tournament with an 11-under 205.
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