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Ex-Gator's fine finish gives him lead at Sony

HONOLULU — Matt Every, finally making news for his golf, made the game look and sound easy Friday at the Sony Open.

Every, a former All-American at Florida, closed with three straight birdies for 6-under 64 and a 10-under 130 total, giving him a two-shot lead over Carl Pettersson (67) and David Hearn, who kept the Canadian presence on the leaderboard with his second straight 66.

Brendon de Jonge shot 62 and Pat Perez was solid again with 67 to finish three behind, along with Doug LaBelle, a Monday qualifier at the Sony Open for the third time. Steve Stricker made double bogey from a bad lie in a bunker that stalled his momentum. He settled for 69 and was five back.

Every, however, dominated the day on and off the course.

He made news in 2010 when he was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanor drug possession charge after agents were called to a casino hotel because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room he was in.

Every, 28, confirmed he was suspended by the PGA Tour for three months. "I don't do drugs. It was a (bad) deal, man," he said. "Wrong place, wrong time, perfect storm. … I'm not mad at the tour. They did what they had to do. But it's over with."

Graham DeLaet, the first-round leader at 63, had consecutive double bogeys at the start of his round and rallied for 72, putting him five out of the lead.

Stricker was tied for the lead when he birdied the 18th at the turn. On the opening hole, he got through the hard part with a drive in the fairway. His 3-iron into the wind came up a yard short and plugged into a bunker. He knocked his next shot over the green en route to double bogey.

Ex-Gator's fine finish gives him lead at Sony 01/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:14am]
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